Station Kenosha to Hold Boating Safety Open House

KENOSHA, Wis. – Held annually the week proceeding Memorial Day weekend, National Safe Boating Week is a great way to kick off a fun and safe summer on the water. From May 17-23, 2008, the Coast Guard is urging boaters to pay attention to their boating safety behaviors and reinforcing the importance of wearing a life jacket.

With a theme emphasizing the proper wearing of life jackets, campaign “Wear It!” will be kicked off by an open house here. Coast Guard Station Kenosha and Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5-1 invites the public to celebrate National Safe Boating Week on Saturday May 17, 2008 with the first Open House at 5036 4th Avenue, Kenosha, Wis. (on Simmons Island) from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The open house will include educational events to encourage boating safety such as, station and boat tours, video demonstrations, free vessel safety checks and life jacket/safety equipment inspections. Boating safety pamphlets and brochures will be available for all attendees. If the public wishes to have any safety equipment inspected and are not coming by boat, please bring it with you to be inspected. Coast Guard personnel will also assist in demonstrating how to properly use equipment.

The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to heighten awareness among recreational boaters of the importance about always wearing a life jacket. This includes informing boaters they have options when it comes to today’s modern life jackets. Some options include new inflatable versions that offer a complete range of movement.

For further information, contact the Station Kenosha Public Affairs Officer, Senior Chief Terry Lathrop at (262) 657-7731.

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