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Free Loaner Life Jackets at Some Tri-Cities Fire Stations

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- With the first day of summer less than a week away and already one major boating accident, we want to remind you to be safe when you go out on the water.

One way to stay safe is wearing a life jacket.  If you don't own one, you can actually borrow life jackets from some local fire departments for free.  

Local Safe Kids Coalitions have teamed up with the fire departments to make these available.   Safe Kids gets donations and brings the life jackets to the fire departments.   Most fire stations have all different sizes of jackets, and firefighters will even make sure they fit properly.   Boaters just have to sign a form, go have fun, and be safe, in the water, and then return the life jackets to the station where they got them. 

When out on the water, boaters should always wear a life jacket because the water is often unpredictable.   Mike Spring, Chief of Benton County Fire District #4, says, "We all underestimate the power of the Columbia and Yakima, and how easy it is to be overcome with the currents and the dangers just under the surface. "

Chief Spring encourages people to borrow the vests whenever they need them, but not to keep them out for an extended period of them so that other people can enjoy them, and stay safe with them, too.