Over the last two years, the Mercy Health Safe Kids program has placed 22 beach safety and life jacket loaner boards throughout Muskegon County – with the last five boards sponsored through a donation from Lake Michigan Credit Union. Due to the shrinking budgets of the local municipalities, most beaches no longer employ lifeguards. One of the main goals of the Safe Kids Task Force is to ensure that the children of Muskegon County are safe and protected around all bodies of water. “This milestone so important to our community and we are very grateful for Lake Michigan Credit Union’s support,” said Holly Alway, injury prevention coordinator for Mercy Health Muskegon. “Their donation allowed us the ability to meet our goal of placing the life jacket loaner boards at all public access beaches in Muskegon County.”
The beach safety boards hold life jackets and safety rings that anyone may borrow for swimming or before going out on a boat – and the coordinators of the initiative just ask that the life jackets be returned after use. “We want to make sure there is quick access to rescue equipment for all swimmers because we know in a water emergency, seconds count,” added Alway.
Mercy Health is proud to partner with local community businesses to keep the residents of Muskegon County safe all summer when enjoying the water!