The life jacket cabinets in Lake Stevens are maintained by Safe Kids Snohomish County, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Stevens Fire.
The cabinets, opened at dawn and closed at dusk, allow swimmers and boaters to borrow life jackets, free of charge with a parent/guardian signature. Boaters are reminded that they must meet the legal requirement of one life jacket per occupant. Also, to comply with Washington State Law all children under 12 years old must wear a life jacket on the boat at all times. Failure to do so may result in a fine.
During the month of May, Lake Stevens Fire, Lake Stevens Police, and Everett Community College Nursing Students all taught water safety through Risk Watch in the local Lake Stevens schools. Some of the following safety topics were discussed with students to keep in mind while enjoying the water this summer:
• An adult always needs to be supervising children who are swimming in the water
• Life jacket size and weight must be correct for the person wearing it and it must be a snug fit, otherwise it may not keep a person afloat in the water.
• All life jacket zippers and straps must be fastened and in good condition; life jackets with rips, tears, or damaged buckles/straps/zippers are not fully functional and should not be used.
• Children under 14 years of age are not eligible to hold a boaters license and are not allowed to operate a boat/jet ski.
Lake Stevens Fire wishes you an enjoyable and safe summer!