Heintz & Becker Boating Safety Series Part 5: Wear It! Florida Campaign Provides a Great Holiday Gift Idea

wear it logoAre looking for a great holiday gift idea for your fishing and boating friends who have everything?  Here’s an idea – how about a belt or suspender style inflatable life jacket that they can snap on and wear comfortably on the water?  Florida leads the country in annual boating deaths with an average of one death every week – most of which happen when someone has fallen overboard.  Many such deaths could be prevented by getting people in the habit of wearing lifejackets.  This is where the Wear It! Florida campaign comes in to play. The campaign has just one goal: to get people to wear life jackets while on the water.

Why not increase the likelihood that someone will actually wear their lifejacket by giving them something lightweight, compact and comfortable?  Inflatable life jackets are two times as buoyant as traditional orange horseshoe life jackets and less than half the size.  In fact, they can be so light and comfortable that you could forget you have one on.

What about the people that don’t believe they need to worry because they are experienced boaters and good swimmers?  Here’s a reality check for them: in an average year more than half of Florida’s boating deaths are men over the age of 30 with over 100 hours of experience on the water.  Not only is it a great idea for those people to wear a life jacket for their own benefit but also for the benefit of everyone who will take notice that they are wearing one.  Wearing a life jacket will encourage others to follow their example.

All of us at Heintz & Becker are committed to bringing helpful boating safety information to our readers.  We enthusiastically support the Wear It! Florida Campaign and urge everyone to wear their life jackets every time.

Source(s): Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “WEAR IT Florida Campaign”