EUGENE, Ore. – With the weather getting warmer and more people going out on the rivers, deputies with the Lane County Sheriff's Office want to make sure people, especially children, are safe when they are in the water.
The Lane County Sheriff's Office is hosting the 8th annual Life Jacket Exchange event early next month.
Their goal is to make sure every child playing in or near the water has a life jacket. If your child's jacket does not fit, you can exchange it at the event for one that does.
Deputies will have staff members conduct a safety inspection on each jacket to make sure it meets all the requirements.
"Kids keep growing every year, they get a little bit bigger and we want to make sure those life jackets fit them right," said Tim Chase, with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue. "That they’re big enough to have the flotation they need but also that the straps singe down tight so the life jacket doesn't slide up over their head if they really need it."
The exchange will be happening at Cabela's in the Gateway Mall on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and on Sunday, June 3, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Deputies said they are still in need of youth-sized life jackets. Donations can be dropped off at the Lane County Sheriff's Office at 125 East 8th Avenue.