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Life Jacket Trade-In May 28
Visit Select Kohl's Department Stores and Sam's Clubs to Participate
Click here for the Life Jacket Trade-In Locations

Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

May 25, 2010

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), Radio Disney and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital announces the 11th Annual Life Jacket Trade-In. The event will be taking place May 28 from 4-6 p.m. at select Sacramento Kohl’s department stores and from 1-3 p.m. at select Sam’s Clubs in the Bay Area and Los Angeles region. A complete list of participating stores is attached.

“We want to make sure water enthusiasts are prepared this summer season with serviceable life jackets”, said DBW’s Acting Director Lucia Becerra. “Life jackets are the proven number one way to save a life in the event of a sudden, unexpected accident and can help them keep afloat until help arrives.”

Water enthusiasts are invited to bring their life jackets for inspection by water safety professionals. If a life jacket is found to be unserviceable, a new one of the appropriate size will be given in exchange. Life jackets will be available at each site while supplies last. (One new life jacket per family.)

Community partners including the Sacramento Safe Kids Coalition, Radio Disney, CBS Radio, Consumnes Fire Department, Drowning Accident Rescue Team, the U.S. Power Squadron and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will come together at the events to help answer questions and provide information about boating and water safety. Experts will stress the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times when in or around the water.

This event is being conducted in connection with National Safe Boating Week (May 22-28) that aims to spread the message about life jacket wear and safe boating practices.

As of this year, the California boating life jacket law requires all children under the age of 13 to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Other life jacket laws to remember this boating season:  every person on board a personal watercraft (popularly known as “jet skis”) and any person being towed behind a vessel must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. For more information, please visit www.BoatSmarter.com.


DBW enhances public access to California's waterways and promotes boating and aquatic safety through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.