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Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Encourages Participation in “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day on May 15th

Photo Caption: Wallenpaupack Primary School teachers enthusiastically participating in “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” 2019.

Beach Lake, PA – Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River invites the public to help save lives by showing their support for water safety on “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work (or Home)” Day on Friday, May 15, 2020. Since 1980, there have been 69 drownings on the Upper Delaware River however nobody has ever drowned wearing a properly fitted life jacket. No matter if you are an active river user, a local business, or community organization, everyone can play a role and help spread the word that wearing a life jacket can save your life.

“When recreating on the Delaware River it is imperative that individuals not only have, but also wear a properly fitting life jacket at all times whether swimming, boating, fishing, or floating,” said Acting Superintendent Jessica Weinman. “The river communities and the National Park Service want all of our residents and visitors to have a positive and safe experience when on this wild and scenic river.”

This annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) serves as a fun and educational way to kick off National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22, the official launch of the 2020 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating river users about the safety and importance of life jackets has been a main focus of both the North American Safe Boating Campaign and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

The National Safe Boating Council and Upper Delaware S&RR are asking every participant to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work (or at home) and post it on social media along with the hashtag #lifejacket2work and tagging @boatingcampaign (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) and on Upper Delaware’s Facebook page @updeNPS and Instagram @upperdelawarenps. The Safe Boating Campaign will choose winners randomly throughout the day to receive boating swag such as t-shirts, dry bags, first aid kits, stickers, and more.

Remember, “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day will take place on Friday, May 15, wherever you are, and your participation could save a life!


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