Georgia Department of Natural Resources Stresses Importance of Life Jackets
GEORGIA – According to a news story posted online at wtvm.com, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is stressing the importance of wearing life jackets when swimming, boating, or participating in other water activities in Georgia this summer. The department also says people should understand the differences between life jackets.*
According to Ethan Franklin with the Department of Natural Resources in Georgia, life jackets come in several different types. A Type 2 life jacket is the style the fits over the neck and clips in the back. These are the most common life jackets people will find available at the Chattahoochee River, which have been provided by donations.
A Type 3 life jacket fits over the back and shoulders and clips in the front. Franklin says this tends to be a more comfortable life jacket, so many boaters and kayakers prefer it over a Type 2 jacket. A Type 4 jacket looks more like a seat cushion. It has straps and a handle and is intended to be thrown out to someone who needs assistance in the water.
Regardless of the style, Franklin says it is extremely important to make sure you are always wearing the right size of jacket, and any children with you are also wearing the right size. The inside of a jacket should indicate whether it is intended for adults or children and will show measurements the jacket is designed to fit.
Franklin says the department reminds the public that life jackets are required by ordinance in Columbus, Georgia, where many people go for access to the river. But even where life jacket ordinances are not in place, he says, people need to keep life jackets on at all times. The water level and current can change quickly, Franklin says, and life jackets are the best way to stay safe.
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