Forgot your life jacket?
During the summer, Metro stocks life jackets you can borrow at many of its boating ramps and popular water recreation areas. Supplies are limited, so it is best to plan on bringing your own. Life jacket stations are provided at the following locations:
When the weather heats up, many people like to head to a Metro park or boat ramp to cool off. However, it’s important to remember that the rivers and lakes in and around Metro parks and natural areas are wild bodies of water. Unlike swimming pools, these waters can have currents, underwater hazards, and dramatic temperature variations. When you're having fun on or around natural water, remember these safety precautions:
- Always wear a life jacket and make sure it fits properly.
- Go with a buddy, even if you are an experienced swimmer.
- Keep a close eye on children in the water at all times.
- Know the risks of natural bodies of water.
- Swim and boat sober.
Fitting your life jacket
- Life jackets come in different sizes. Check the label for height and weight requirements.
- Life jackets for infants and children include a collar and leg strap. Water wings and other inflatable devices will not keep you safe in natural water.
- Remember to "zip, click, pull": Make sure all zippers and clips are fastened. Pull straps tight.
- Pull the jacket up at your shoulders. If it slides up to your ears, it's too big. If it stays tight, you are ready for the water.