The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the National Safe Boating Council are kicking off the annual Safe Boating Campaign the weekend before Memorial Day with National Safe Boating Week held May 18-24, with important safety reminders for Vermilion, Ohio boaters as the busy boating season gears up.
“Don’t just have your life jacket close by, wear it,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “If an accident occurs and you suddenly end up overboard, a life jacket will help keep your head above water and could save your life.”
State of Ohio statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of the death in 50 percent of all boating fatalities in 2018. Of those, 75 percent were reported as not wearing their life jackets. The Wear It Ohio campaign encourages Vermilion boaters and water enthusiasts alike to always wear a life jacket when in or around water!
“We are excited to join forces with partners around the world to encourage everyone to wear a life jacket when on the water and always boat responsibly because the best boating experience is a safe boating experience,” said Peg Phillips, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council.
National Safe Boating Week kicks off with Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day on Friday, May 17. This annual event is a fun, educational way to heighten life jacket awareness and highlight the various styles of life jackets available. Vermilion boating enthusiasts are encouraged to wear their life jacket to work, snap a picture and share their photo on social media using the hashtags #LifeJacket2Work and #SafeBoating.
The Safe Boating Campaign reminds Vermilion boaters to follow these safety tips: