The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Contro’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are endorsing “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” on May 17, joining boating professionals and outdoor enthusiasts to promote life jackets always being worn as a safe boating practice.

Wearing a life jacket to work heightens awareness of the different life jackets available and their comfort and versatility.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council, serves as a fun, educational day just prior to the start of National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, the official launch of the 2019 Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets remains a main focus of the campaign. Members of the boating public, as well as those interested in showing the wearability of life jackets, are encouraged to participate.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, along with the National Safe Boating Council, are asking participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it on social media using #lifejacket2work, #safeboating and #DEFWNRPolice.

The most recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics from 2017 show that 76% of fatalities in boating accidents were due to drowning where the cause of death was known. In cases where life jacket use was noted, 84.5% of drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.

For more, call 739-9913 or email brooke.mitchell@delaware.gov.