San Diego, California - DBW encourages recreational boaters to take part in this life saving program. Life jackets that are too small will not be able to keep your body afloat. Life jackets that are too big will cause the device to push up around the face, which could be dangerous.

California’s 2013 boating accident statistics show that fatalities can be decreased significantly when wearing a life jacket. Of the 38 boating fatalities in 2013, 68 percent of victims drowned. Of that group, 81 percent were not wearing a life jacket. Properly fitted life jackets save lives. There is no excuse not to wear one. Modern life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters are familiar with.

The life jacket trade-in is being conducted in coordination with National Safe Boating Week (May 17-23), which aims to spread the message about life jacket wear and other life-saving boating practices. Facebook.com/CaliforniaStateParks www.parks.ca.gov @CAStateParks 2

Visit www.WearItCalifornia.com to view the list of trade-in locations, tips and laws on life jackets, and to view information on life jacket loaner stations.

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About DBW: DBW is a division within California State Parks. The division provides safe and convenient public access to California’s waterways and leadership in promoting safe, enjoyable and environmentally sound recreational boating.