Cabinets provide life jackets at county parks

EVERETT — Life jacket loaner cabinets at Snohomish County parks are set to be available this weekend.

The cabinets include life jackets for children and adults. The jackets must be checked out and returned at the end of each day.

Each cabinet has posted directions on how to size and fit the jackets.

The cabinets are available at Martha Lake, Twin Lakes, Kayak Point, Wenberg County Park, Silver Lake, Wyatt Park, Flowing Lake and Lake Goodwin.

At least three people have drowned so far this year in the county. In 2012, a 14-year-old boy drowned in Lake Tye, and a 12-year-old boy drowned in Martha Lake.

The best step parents can take is to keep a constant eye on their children near the water, said Shawneri Guzman, coordinator of Safe Kids Snohomish County.

The loaner cabinets are stocked as a community service, and jacket availability may vary, she said.

Here are some safety tips:

•Adults who are watching children swim should avoid cooking, eating, talking on the phone or other distractions. Police recommend assigning one adult to watch kids at all times.

All jacket straps, zippers and ties should be fastened.

Pools and spas should be fenced off and have locked gates.

Learn CPR. Contact your local fire department to find classes.

Some local fire departments and marine services businesses also offer life-jacket rentals. And life jacket cabinets also are available at some state parks.

More online

For information on Safe Kids Snohomish County go to www.snosafekids.org. The U.S. Coast Guard offers extensive life-jacket fitting and use guidelines at its website, www.uscg.mil.

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