Life Jacket Exchange looks to get you fitted for safety before summer

If your child still needs a life jacket for the summer, sheriff’s deputies want to help out.


The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is holding its 9th annual Life Jacket Exchange event later this month.


Experts will be on hand to check jackets for form, fit and function. You can bring your child’s outgrown or lightly used life jacket to the event, and it’ll be exchanged for one that fits properly.


The sheriff’s office is also asking for new or gently used youth-size life jackets to be donated for the event.


“Lakes and rivers, we have so many water sports and great opportunities to get out on the water here but it’s just so important for folks to wear their life jackets when they’re out there and will use this opportunity to get the word out,” said Tim Chase, with Lane County Search and Rescue.


If you don’t have a life jacket to exchange, chase says it shouldn’t be a problem to provide your child with the right fitting jacket.


The free life jacket with reflective tape¬†exchange event is set for June 15th and 16th at Cabela’s in Springfield.


You can donate gently-used youth-sized life-vests now until then at the Sheriff’s Office in downtown Eugene.


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