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The National Weather Service has partnered with Brown County Fire and Rescue Services, the Coast Guard Auxiliary of Green Bay and Safe Kids of Greater Green Bay to help promote water safety.  During National Safe Boating Week we will disseminate Public Service Messages addressing topics ranging from safe boating practices to pool safety.  Listen to these announcements on NOAA Weather Radio or local cable networks.

2011 Safe Boating Week : May 21-27
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Boating Safety and Safety Checks


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Click on one of the days above to view the safety message that will air on NOAA Weather Radio during Safe Boating Week.  In addition, you can download audio clips of the PSAs through these links.

Wear It logo Visit the Safe Boating Campaign website to learn all about boating safety and receive resources for your own boating safety efforts including PSAs, press releases, and other materials.

Life jacket There are a variety of life jackets and they are designed for different uses.  Many drownings could have been prevented if life jackets were used.  Learn more about life jackets and how to properly use them by visiting the Life Jacket Resource website.  When out on the water - WEAR A LIFE JACKET!

National Weather Service Whether going to the beach for a swim, to the lake on a boat or for any outdoor activity, don't forget to stop at the National Weather Service first.  The National Weather Service issues over 730,000 forecasts each year, incuding Great Lakes forecasts.  Forecasts can be accessed for any location in the U.S. and adjacent waters.  When severe weather threatens, tune into NOAA Weather Radio for the latest forecasts and warnings for your area.
Video: Lightning Safety Public Service Announcement

USCG Boating Safety The U.S. Coast Guard's boating statistics show, on average, that 80% of all reported fatalities occur on boats where the operator did not recieve safety training.  Learn how to prevent accidents, injuries and fatalities while boating.  Review safety tips, news, recalls, defects, and laws and regulations you should know by visiting the United States Coast Guard Boating Safety website.  For boating safety requirements and courses, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

USCG Auxiliary Take advantage of the Vessel Check Program, a free, no risk service provided in your area by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Power Squadron.  A qualified vessel examiner will conduct an inspection of all requred safety equipment carried or installed on your boat and certain aspects of the boat's overall condition.  The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boats, including personal watercraft, get a safety check each year. 
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Video: Safe Boating Public Service Announcement

Brown County Metropolitan fire and rescue services respond to medical emergencies on a continuous basis.  Water emergencies can range from responses to physical injuries to hidden causes like carbon monoxide poisoning and hypothermia.  Carbon monoxide is produced whenever a fuel is burned.  It interferes with the brains ability to process information.  At 400 parts per million, it can cause unconsciousness and death.  Cold water injuries or hypothermia can occur in water as warm as 75 F.  73% of hypothermia cases are often complicated by alcohol consumption.  Learn more about health issues and water safety at

Safe Kids The first line of defense in preventing a child from drowning is active supervision by an adult.  For more information on drowning prevention, visit the Safe Kids website. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.