National Safe Boating Week launches with reminder for boaters to always ‘Wear It!’

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Boating safety advocates have are promoting safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water, during National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22.

This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, Wear It!

The Fort Worth City Council will present a Safe Boating Week proclamation at the May 19 meeting.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

New life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters know. There are innovative options, such as inflatable life jackets, allowing mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, paddling or hunting, and they’re much cooler in warm weather.

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