Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Be Safe at the Lake

April 16, 2021

Safe Kids Cherokee County and Cherokee Recreation and Parks are helping families stay safe at the lake by providing two new life jacket loaner stations.  These “use and return” stations are in addition to the 11 that already exist around Lake Allatoona in Cherokee County.  The Army Corps of Engineers maintains 10 of these locations.  Woodstock Parks and Recreation maintains 1 at Rope Mill and now, Cherokee Recreation and Parks will help maintain the two new locations (Cherokee Mills Boat Ramp and Fields Landing).  Safe Kids Cherokee supplies the stands and life jackets.  Cherokee Fire & Emergency Services is the proud leader of Safe Kids Cherokee County Coalition. The Coalition consists of community partners that work together to help make our community safer through education and provision of safety equipment. 

Lisa Grisham, Coordinator for Safe Kids Cherokee County says, “Last year was a record year for boaters, kayakers, canoers and paddle boarders on our lake and it’s looking like this year will be no different.  With the increase in people, there is always an increase in risk.  We are hoping the addition of loaner stations serves as a reminder and an easily accessible option to remain safe in the water.”   

Each of the new loaner stations have helpful information provided by BoatUS Foundation to help size and wear a life jacket correctly.  Grisham says, “The point is to use the life jackets when needed and use it correctly for the best protection.”  Here are a few reminders to help stay safe in the water this season.  Visit www.safekidscherokeecounty.org for more safety information.

  •          Kids under 13 must wear a life jacket in a boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard.
  •          There must be a life jacket present for every person aboard a boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard
  •          Kids under 6 years and non-swimmers require active supervision (within arm’s reach) when in or around water.
  •          Kids under 6 who can confidently swim should stay within eye’s reach. 
  •          Always swim with a buddy.  Even adults.
  •          Don’t drink and boat.
  •          Label any non-motorized water vessel with contact information.
  •          Learn CPR. (visit www.cherokeecountyfire.com to find a class)
  •          Learn to swim. (visit www.playcherokee.org to find a class)

For more information about Lake Allatoona visit www.recreation.gov

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Standing at the new Life Jacket Loaner Station are Chief Chad Arp, Fire Marshal, Community Risk Reduction Division, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services; Lisa Grisham, Safe Kids Cherokee County Coordinator, Community Risk Reduction Division, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services; Jordan Wood, Parks Division Director, Cherokee Recreation and Parks; Hunter Baird, Captain, Tow Boat U.S.; Chris Purvis, Lead Ranger, Allatoona Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Standing at the new Life Jacket Loaner Station are Chief Chad Arp, Fire Marshal, Community Risk Reduction Division, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services; Lisa Grisham, Safe Kids Cherokee County Coordinator, Community Risk Reduction Division, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services; Jordan Wood, Parks Division Director, Cherokee Recreation and Parks; Hunter Baird, Captain, Tow Boat U.S.; Chris Purvis, Lead Ranger, Allatoona Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (click image for slideshow)
The Life Jacket Loaner Station will save lives while visiting this area's lakes.
The Life Jacket Loaner Station will save lives while visiting this area's lakes.