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Seattle Parks sells low-cost, high-quality life jackets at Evans Pool

Warm weather means outdoor birthday parties, cook-outs, family reunions and lots of water play. But those having fun in and around water should always remember safety precautions because of the risk of drowning.

To support safe recreation, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Children’s Hospital have partnered with Mustang Survival and the Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer low-cost life jacket sales at Evans Pool in Green Lake Park. The first of five sales will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Evans Pool is located at 7201 E Green Lake Drive N.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1 – 14 years old. Wearing a life jacket saves lives. Washington state law requires children ages 12 and younger to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket or life vest on vessels fewer than 19 feet long. There must be a life jacket on board that fits for each person older than 12.

“For parents, it’s important to set an example for your kids, and be ready to rescue if needed,” said Elizabeth Bennett from Seattle Children’s. “In an observational study of thousands of boaters in Washington state, both children and teens were significantly more likely to wear a life jacket if the adult was wearing one.”

The cost for life jackets sizes infant to youth large is $20, and for teens to adult size XXXL, is $30.  The life jackets are comfortable, high quality vests in fashion colors. All sales are final. Seattle Parks and Recreation cannot offer refunds or returns.

“It’s a great time to get a life jacket for the summer,” said Southwest Pool Coordinator Diane Jones, who has coordinated the program since 2006. “Life jackets are available in all sizes. They must fit properly to work; they need to be snug but comfortable.”

Customers younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Fitters will be on site to help purchasers choose the correct size. The person for whom the jacket is being purchased must be present for proper fitting.

Parks will hold additional life jacket sales from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • June 15
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a stylish, Coast Guard approved life jacket! For more information, please email Diane Jones, diane.jones@seattle.gov.

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