Summer is here and Idaho loves their outdoors. We hike, bike and hit the waters all Summer and this post-pandemic year might be one of the largest.

The City of Boise is working with several organizations to help prevent a very tragic statistic that impacts Idahoans every year, drowning.

According to an alert I received from KTVB, St. Luke's Health System, actually donated $2000 to help provide life jackets for children this Summer. The Boise Parks and Recreation along with Idaho River Sports and Boise Fire are all working together for the safety of our kids.

Life Jackets Provided to Children This Summer In Boise

10 People drown every day and it's the number one leading cause of death for ages 1-4 years old according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Taking a chance without a life jacket could be a fatal choice and the City of Boise is gathering help to ensure it doesn't happen this year.

How to Receive Life Jacket This Summer

Life jackets will be provided at local city swimming ponds and Esther Simplot Park. Just bring your kids out and use them for the duration of your visit. You can turn those life jackets back in when you leave.

"We're grateful for the support of St. Luke's, the mayor and Boise City Council, and the Boise Fire department in this effort." - Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway.

This has been done in the past and it's exciting to see this service back. Life jackets aren't that expensive for your kids, but it's when you don't have them, making things dangerous.

I was looking online and you can find one at Walmart or Cabela's for $12. There won't be loaner stations like in previous years. You will need to visit Idaho River Sports to borrow free life jackets.

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