Free Boat Safety Checks

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will provide free boat safety inspections on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Silver Lake boat launch at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.

Certified, uniformed members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 37-25 will conduct the checks and provide boaters and visitors with information on safety, environmental responsibility, vessel operation and the work of the auxiliary. Boat owners who pass inspections will receive safety-check decals to attach to their vessels.

The all-volunteer auxiliary has volunteers has been providing free inspections and information on state and federal boating laws since 1947. Its members assist the U.S. Coast Guard with safety patrols, inspections, boat-safety classes and search-and-rescue efforts.

“This is the perfect opportunity to have your boat inspected and make sure it’s in proper working order at the start of the boating season,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

“Make safety a priority as you head out on the water by learning all you can about boat safety,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6.