LANSING – Forget casual Fridays. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the National Safe Boating Council want you to wear your life jacket at work on Friday, May 21.

To enter, post a photo of yourself wearing a life jacket at work on Facebook or Instagram on Friday, May 21, using the hashtag #BoatSafeMI. The MNR will select and share the 15 winners on its Facebook page facebook.com/michigandnr at 3 p.m. on May 21.

“(Participants) could receive a small free frozen McDonald’s drink coupon and either a new life jacket or a McDonald’s beach tote and a McDonald’s baseball cap,” according to a press release. “Coupons are valid at participating McDonald’s locations in Michigan.”


National Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is part of National Safe Boating Week. Each spring, the National Safe Boating Council uses the campaign to remind “all boaters to improve their boating safety skills and to prepare for the boating season,” according to its website.

This year’s campaign features daily tips to encourage boaters to be responsible on the water.

• Saturday May 22: Improve your boating skills with an online course and make sure your boat has all the essential equipment.

• Sunday May 23: Are you going on the water? Make sure you wear a life jacket and have (and know how to use) the other required navigation equipment.

• Monday May 24: Make sure everyone is wearing a properly fitted US Coast Guard approved life jacket while boating. For more information on fitting life jackets, visit safeboatingcampaign.com/life-jackets.

• Tuesday May 25: There are many dangers to boating under the influence. Protect your life and others – never BUI (Boating Under the Influence).

• Wednesday May 26: Check the latest weather forecast before leaving shore. Go to weather.gov for the latest updates.

• Thursday May 27: Did you know that the environment can stress your body and mind enough to dramatically increase the risk of a boating accident?

• Friday May 28: Always keep proper supervision and be aware of other boaters and the environment while on the water.

For more nautical resources, visit Michigan.gov/Boating.



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