'We want to saturate the world with life jackets'

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- It was out with the old and in with the new at Gateway Mall this weekend.

Cabela's hosted the third annual life jacket exchange, where people could switch their worn out life jackets for ones better fit to save lives.

Jim Hurd of Junction City stopped by to make sure his relatives had the right fit before they hit the water. "Our grandkids are coming next month and we exchanged smaller life jackets for larger sizes," he said.

During the past year, the Lane County Sheriff's Office collected, inspected and provided 400-500 life jackets to be swapped during the two-day event.

"We want to get people to use them and we want to get them out in circulation," said John Miller, the Lane County Search & Rescue Coordinator. "So, if everybody's got them, we want to saturate the world with life jackets so the kids and the adults stay safe out there.

Officials say that when it comes to securing your life jacket, it's really pretty simple: snap it in, make sure it's snug, give it a tug on top so it doesn't float about your head and always check for the two symbols in the back of your jacket to make sure your flotation device is a life-saving jacket and not a toy.