#childsafetytips | Safety Tip Tuesday: Swimming and Boating Safety | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

It’s Safety Tip Tuesday on 97.9 The Hill, presented by Safe Kids of Orange & Chatham counties, along with Pam Herndon State Farm. Every Tuesday on 97.9 The Hill we hear from local family safety organizations as they share different safety tips and helpful reminders to keep us safe. These range from helmet safety, to proper prescription storage, and everything in between.

With the weather warming up, some of us may be thinking about ways to enjoy the water this summer. If you enjoy swimming or boating on Jordan Lake, or spending a warm day anywhere by the water with friends, you want to be sure to do it safely.

Blake Johnson, the Natural Resource Specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, recently joined 97.9 The Hill’s Brighton McConnell on the air. He works at Jordan Lake to be sure our community stays safe on the water.

“First and foremost is definitely using your life jacket,” Blake shared. “Most folks have the life jacket on them, on their boat or in their truck, but it doesn’t work if you don’t use it.”

Just like you wouldn’t operate a vehicle while under the influence, you shouldn’t swim or drive a boat if you’ve been drinking either. “It’s dangerous to not just you,” he said, “but it’s dangerous to everyone around you.”

Blake left with a reminder that if you have kids in your group, it’s especially important to be safe near the water, because “they’re going to look up to you as a role model.”

Listen to Brighton and Blake’s full conversation below, and tune into Safety Tip Tuesday on 97.9 The Hill every Tuesday, made possible by Safe Kids of Orange and Chatham Counties and Pam Herndon State Farm.


Safe Kids of Orange County and Safe Kids of Chatham County are both led by UNC Health Care Trauma Program, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

Insurance Agent Pam HerndonBuckle up with State Farm, and get auto insurance in Chapel Hill, NC that fits your needs. If you need more than an auto policy for the family, we provide car insurance coverage for new drivers, business travelers, collectors, and more. Not to mention, State Farm is the largest auto insurance provider in the U.S.  

Pam Herndon has been serving this community since 1991, and is committed to keeping local families safe!

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