On June 22 all but one of the 24 life jackets from the life jacket loaner cabinet at Wyatt Park in Lake Stevens were taken and not returned. Until more life jackets can be obtained, this cabinet is closed.
The life jacket cabinet is maintained by Safe Kids Snohomish County, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Stevens Fire. It allows swimmers and boaters to borrow life jackets, free of charge.
Visitors to this site must find an alternate means of acquiring life jackets until the cabinet can be restocked. Boaters are reminded that they must meet the legal carriage requirements for life jackets. Failure to do so may result in a fine.
Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind while enjoying the water this summer:
• Never swim alone.
• Life jackets are not babysitters; keep children within reach at all times.
• Life jacket size and weight must be correct for the person wearing it and it must be a snug fit.
• All life jacket zippers and straps must be fastened.
• Inflatable water wings and tubes are not safety devices.
This cabinet may reopen once additional life jackets can be obtained. If you have life jackets that no longer fit persons in your family or that you no longer use, donations will be accepted to help restock the cabinet.
You may drop off life jacket donations at the Lake Stevens Fire Administration Building located at 1825 South Lake Stevens Road in Lake Stevens.
Safe Kids Snohomish County is a not for profit and will also accept monetary donations to help purchase more life jackets. Donations are tax deductible. Visit their website at www.snosafekids.org.
If you have any information regarding the theft of these life jackets please contact the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office at 425-388-3411. Lake Stevens Fire reminds you to take time to be safe this summer.