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New Signs Remind Boaters to Wear Lifejackets

DES MOINES - Boaters backing down the ramp at any state park or federal reservoir in Iowa will notice a "Life Jacket Zone" sign painted on the concrete.

"The lifejacket zone message is an additional reminder to boaters as they launch that it is important to wear the lifejacket while they are on the water," said Susan Stocker, boating education coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to paint signs on more than 150 ramps across the state.

"We are just starting with the busy boating season and it is important to remind our boaters to brush up on their safe boating practices, check all their navigation equipment and make sure they have proper fitting lifejackets in good condition for each person onboard," Stocker said.

There are more than 232,000 boats registered in Iowa.

For more information, contact Susan Stocker, boating education coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, at 515-281-0122.
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