Friday is Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day
On Friday, the Coast Guard is encouraging people to wear their life jackets to work.
Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is an effort to bring awareness to recreational boating accidents.
In 2011, the Coast Guard counted 4588 accidents that involved 758 deaths, 3,081 injuries and approximately $52 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
Participants in cities around the globe will gather to set a world record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated.
The goal is to encourage the public and educate them on life jackets and safe boating in general.
In addition, the Coast Guard is asking participants to send in their photos. They can be posted on the "Ready, Set, Wear it!" Facebook wall or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Today's life jackets are comfortable, stylish and easy to wear. In fact, they don't even have to be jackets anymore," said Ed Huntsman, recreational safe boating specialist for the 8th Coast Guard District. "Old-fashioned, bulky orange life jackets have been replaced with varieties of life jackets, such as inflatable life jackets that resemble a pair of suspenders or a belt pack. There are specific styles made for anglers, hunters, skiers and other sports enthusiasts. One style even has a built-in walkie-talkie."