Academy Sports + Outdoors donates to Safe Kids Columbus for purchase of life jackets

Academy Sports + Outdoors donates to Safe Kids Columbus for purchase of life jackets

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Chattahoochee River is beautiful and fun, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t take proper safety precautions. There’s already been one river death so far this year, according to Safe Kids of Columbus.

The most important thing to remember if you’re going near the river is to use a life jacket.

Pam Fair is the Director of Safe Kids Columbus. Wednesday morning, she received a check forr $1,000 to purchase life jackets for children in the community. Fair will be at Kidspooloza this weekend, hosting a River Savvy Kids event to promote river safety and hopefully reduce the chance of kids being injured or killed near the river.

“We know sometimes people who drown never intended to be in the water that day," Fair said. "They may have slipped and fallen or the water rose very quickly, so if they didn’t have on a life jacket they were not ready. So, we want people to enjoy the river, be ready to be around the river so we want every family to hav a life jacket for their child.”

Over the past two years, Fair said there were roughly 20 incidents on the Chattahoochee with nine of those resulting in deaths. She said it’s essential to always take precaution.

At Kidspooloza this Saturday, Fair will be sizing children and giving out around 1,000 free life jackets. The event runs from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

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