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Free Life Jacket Loaner Program

June 23, 2014
According to the Center for Disease Control, every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning and unfortunately, children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In an effort to prevent some of these unfortunate incidents, the Palatine Fire Department has partnered with the BoatU.S. Foundation to provide free, loaner life jackets for children.

The program allows for families to check out children’s life jackets for a period of up to one week. We encourage their use while vacationing near water, days at local pool, boating, or for any water related activity. Life jacket use during any of these activities will greatly benefit your child’s safety. This program is very popular during the summer but loaner life jackets remain available year round.

Life jackets have been provided by the Boat U.S. Foundation and are designed for children from 5 lbs. and up. The Palatine Fire Department currently has a limited supply of 88 life jackets in four different sizes (Infant, Child, Youth and Young Adult).

To check out life jackets, call the Palatine Fire Department at 847-202-6340 or simply stop by any of our four fire stations including; Station 82 - 1475 N. Hicks Road, Station 83 – 987 E. Palatine Road, Station 84 – 220 W. Illinois Avenue or Station 85 – 39 E. Colfax Street. All loans require some basic information including a copy of your Driver’s License and the number of days you intend to use the life jacket. When possible, please bring the child with so a firefighter can properly size them with the appropriate life vest. The members of the Palatine Fire Department want everyone to have a fun summer and remind you to have your children wear a life jacket in, on or around water. Remember, “Life jackets float, you don’t.”


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