Boise Officials Stress Life Jacket Importance in Local Waters 

With floaters returning to the Boise River and local ponds in record numbers to escape this summer's heat wave, Boise officials stress the importance of wearing a life jacket. Even though adults are not required to wear their life jacket when boating or using a paddleboard on local ponds, you should have one within reach and wearing it is highly encouraged.  Idaho Code requires all people using kayaks, paddleboards, rafts and other watercraft to have a personal floatation device (PFD) with them at all times. In addition, Idaho law states that children 14 years of age and younger are required to wear a life jacket on all watercraft, including paddleboards.

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Signs have been installed at Quinn’s Pond and Esther Simplot Park reminding users about Idaho’s PFD law. Families in need of free life jackets can also fill out a form with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department’s Fort Boise team. Once need is determined, City of Boise residents under 18 years of age who qualify receive a voucher to be fitted for a free life jacket at Idaho River Sports. The program is made possible thanks to a $5,000 donation from St. Luke’s Health System.

“Boise is fortunate to have so many opportunities to get out on the water, but accidental drownings claim too many of our kids,” said Boise City Councilwoman Holli Woodings. “It’s important that we keep our families safe and follow Idaho law by having the appropriate safety resources, including life jackets, on our rafts, kayaks, paddleboards and other watercraft.”

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