Outfitting Kids for Water Safety.
Each year, the program selects 50 public sites--primarily marinas and fuel docks--based on their location, accessibility, and visibility. Each site receives weather-resistant promotional posters, a logbook, a supply of 15 free life jackets for children (sized small, medium, and large) that families can borrow for short-term use, and a container for the jackets. Each site is required to keep a log of people borrowing the jackets. Loaner sites, which now exist in 42 states, are listed on the association's Web site at www.boatus.com, The foundation also loans jackets to state boating agencies for use on patrol boats.
The life jacket loaner program has generated nearly 240 articles, reaching 4.7 million people since June 1999; some of the articles relate to how donated life jackets may have even helped save lives, Member contributions to the foundation help pay for the jackets, each of which costs $8 to $9.
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|Title Annotation:||Boat Owners Association of the United States|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2001|
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