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What’s Your Safe Summer Boating Story?

The following is a guest post by Dan Farkas.

wear-life-jackets-1A week from now, summer will be over.

I don’t know what happened to it either.

With Labor Day serving as one final chance for millions to enjoy some summer fun, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is reminding people of an important item on their packing list.

A life jacket.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 672 people died from boating related accidents in 2010. New York had the seventh most fatalities of any state in the country. And while the number of fatalities is decreasing, approximately 88% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.

To promote safe behavior on the water, NSBC has two simple steps families can take this weekend to have fun and promote the use of life jackets.

Show everyone your safe summer boating stories. The NSBC is looking for personal stories of how boaters from across the country have stayed safe on the water this summer by wearing a life jacket. Whether silly or serious, it’s a chance to submit personal stories of safety, not to mention look back at how much fun you had this summer. There’s even a chance to win a Summer Fun package, which includes a life jacket, beach towel and Flip Mino HD camcorder.

Spread the word. Any tweet or post about wearing a life jacket promotes responsible behavior that can save a life. Just use the hashtag #SafeSummer.

We can’t control when summer will end. We can control how summer will end. Make sure they’re filled with splashes and smiles. Be smart. Be safe. Wear a life jacket when out on the water this weekend.

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