Life jacket loaner stations

Life jackets of varying sizes are available for children at Tuckaseigee River Main Stem, East LaPorte, Locust Creek, Dillsboro (Scotts Creek), Barkers Creek and Bear Lake.

Safe Kids Jackson County has stocked five Life Jacket Loaner Stations in locations across Jackson County.

These stations, at the Tuckaseigee River Main Stem, East LaPorte, Locust Creek, Dillsboro (Scotts Creek), Barkers Creek and Bear Lake, will offer life jackets of varying sizes for children to borrow while they participate in water activities near the sites. Life jackets will be available during the summer through Labor Day weekend.

With the many lakes and rivers in the area, safety around bodies of water is a concern for the community. Drowning is a reality that too many families have had to face in Jackson County. Through providing the Life Jacket Loaner Stations, children will be given the opportunity to bond with nature, family and friends in a safer environment, organizers said.

The stations were made possible through the efforts of multiple agencies such as Duke Energy and the Brian and Nathan Keese Water Safety Organization, Safe Kids Jackson County, Jennings Builder Supply, Jackson County Department of Public Health, Jackson County Public Works Department and the Sea Tow Foundation.

For question on the Stations, call Anna Lippard at 587-8225.