Friday is 'Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day'

UpNorthLive/WPBN viewers wearing life jackets Friday!

(WPBN/WGTU) -- Kicking off National Safe Boating Week, the Coast Guard is encouraging everyone to wear a life jacket to work Friday.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, the official launch of the 2018 Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been a main focus of the campaign.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities nationwide in 2016.

In the Great Lakes, where lifejacket use was known, approximately 97% percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets versus the national average of 83%.

“Visiting the Great Lakes is a once in a lifetime experience; don’t let it be your last," said Mike Baron, recreational boating safety specialist for the Ninth Coast Guard District. "Always wear your life jacket.”

Coast Guard members plan to join boating professionals and outdoor enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket styles that are available, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

Send in your pictures of you wearing your life jackets on the job to our UpNorthLive Burst page and we will feature them online and in our newscast Friday!

Participants are also encouraged to tweet their picture using Ready, Set, Wear It #RSWI2018 and also remember to #UpNorthLive.

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