Life jacket cabinets around the county will open Memorial Day weekend to kickoff the start to the summer season. Two of the county's lifejacket loaner cabinets are located in Lake Stevens, one at Wyatt Park on the west side of the lake and the other at the Downtown Boat Launch. The life jacket cabinets in Lake Stevens are maintained by Safe Kids Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. The cabinets are open from dawn until dusk, and 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.
Public Educator Jennye Cooper commented, "During the month of May, both Lake Stevens Police and Everett Community College Nursing Students taught water safety through Risk Watch in the local Lake Stevens schools. They emphasized the importance of life jackets and supervision while playing in and around water. "
Lake Stevens Fire encourages everyone to practice the following water safety tips while enjoying the summer season:
-Never swim alone.
-An adult should always supervise 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.