Kids Don't Float; Fire Stations Loaning Life Jackets

Summer is in full swing, and Yakima firefighters and hospital officials want you to take extra precautions when taking your kids out on the water.

The Yakima Fire Department and Memorial Hospital kicked off their "Kids Don't Float" program this week.

Throughout the summer, parents can stop by Fire Station 3, on North 40th Avenue and borrow life jackets for the day.

Firefighters say an average of one to two people die from drowning every year in Yakima, the program aims to help prevent that.

"Drowning is the second leading cause in the state amongst children, this is why we provide this," said Memorial's Lori Gibbons, "We want to make sure that no child drowns; even if this helps just one child, it's worth all the life jackets that we've been able to provide."

Firefighters are working to expand the program to different fire stations in the city, setting up other booths where people can borrow life jackets.