Making summer safer

To the Journal editor:

Most local schools are now on summer break and many of our students will be enjoying local beaches and waterfront activities.

Thanks to Capt. Jeff Green, city of Marquette Fire Department, over 240 sixth graders from Bothwell Middle School are now equipped to make informed decisions to help keep themselves and others safe on and near the water.

Capt. Green’s engaging, interactive presentations May 29-30 taught students how to use the city’s warning flag system, which is publicized on The Mining Journal’s front page and the city’s website, as well as tips for recognizing rip tides and dangerous swimming conditions.

His use of first-hand stories and authentic examples drove home the message of how to enjoy the lake safely.

As a teacher, parent, and community member, I appreciate the educational effort started by Marquette’s Waterfront Safety Task Force, supported by The Mining Journal, and continued by agencies such as the fire department and city life guards.

The important message of learning how to swim, recognize risk factors, and keep oneself safe on our beautiful lakes cannot be over-emphasized as we strive to prevent drownings and water-related tragedies.

Let’s make this a safe summer for all of us.