Kootenai Health stocks life jacket loaner stations to ensure all boaters are safe on the water

Kootenai Health stocks life jacket loaner stations to ensure all boaters are safe on the water

As you’re packing up your bags and getting ready to head out for some fun in the sun this summer, don’t forget to bring life jackets for everyone.

Kootenai Health says they see at least one drowning every year and for them it’s one too many as drownings are preventable.

They want to urge everyone on the water today and every day to wear a life jacket even if you are the world’s greatest swimmer as you never know what can happen on the water.

Kootenai Health works with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office to keep multiple “life jacket loaner stations” in the Lake Couer d’Alene-area stocked so there is no excuse to not wear one.

Wendy Ferguson, Injury Prevention Coordinator for Kootenai Health shared, “these are designed to help people who might not have access to a life jacket or have money for a life jacket. They can borrow one and return it. It’s an on your honor system.

By law, all children ages 14 and younger must wear a life jacket in Idaho when the vessel is underway.
Tips to make sure the life jacket fits your child:

1. Have child present for purchase to make sure if fits properly. Kootenai Health recommends a snug fit for a life jacket.
2. Choose a life jacket that is US Coast Guard-approved as that means it has gone through rigorous testing to make sure it is capable of saving a life.
3. Check to see that it is in your child’s weight range
4. Have child make touchdown symbol with their arms after it is on. If the life jacket touches their chin or ears, then it is too tall for them.