Updated: June 22, 2021 10:39 PM
Created: June 22, 2021 08:04 PM
The Cloquet Fire Department hosted a life jacket giveaway this afternoon to promote water and boating safety. This was the first time this event has occurred in Carlton county, and people started lining up an hour early. While the giveaway was supposed to last from three to five this afternoon, all of the life jackets were given away in just half an hour.
The life jackets were provided by the Fond du Lac Tribal SHIP as part of a Safe Kids Coalition effort. In addition to the free life jackets, the Cloquet Fire Department also provided informational packets about making sure children's life jackets fit properly. Important tips include getting a life jacket with a crotch strap if the child is under five, as well as making sure the life jacket does not come up to the child's chin and ears.
"You wanna make sure it's a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket and that it's within the child's weight limits of the life jacket," advised Cloquet Area Fire District Public Education Coordinator Sarah Buhs. "Then you wanna make sure that you make sure that all the buckles are on and that the child has a nice, snug fit on their life jacket."
A variety of sizes were given away today to make sure that each parent left with the proper sized-jacket for their child, from infant to adult. The Safe Kids Coalition also provides floatation stations for many swimming areas in Carlton County and parts of the lake in the Duluth area. These stations have life jackets in different sizes for swimmers to borrow if they forget one. For more information or to find a floatation station near you, you can go to the Safe Kids website.
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