May 16, 2012

Alcoa providing 100 free life jackets to children at Badin Lake water safety celebration

Law enforcement officials will provide water safety tips at event on Saturday, May 19

Alcoa is kicking off the summer recreation season with a series of community events to promote water safety. The company is joining forces with local law enforcement officials to educate swimmers and boaters about water safety on Saturday, May 19 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Alcoa will give away 100 free life jackets to children who attend the events at the Badin Swim Area on Badin Lake or the Buddle Creek Swim Area on High Rock Lake. Children and their parents can also enjoy free snow cones and pick up a free safety whistles as they talk with local law enforcement officials and look at boats used to patrol the lakes and rescue those in need.
“There are so many families in our community who enjoy swimming, boating and fishing on these lakes. While they are having fun, we want to remind them about the best way to stay safe on the lakes,” said Mark Gross, vice president of hydro operations for Alcoa Power Generating Inc. “We’re excited about putting 200 life jackets in the hands of local children this weekend. Wearing a life jacket is the absolute best way to stay safe on the lakes.”
Representatives from NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and local law enforcement officials are participating in the events.
“Play It Safe” Campaign Sends Simple Reminder
Throughout the summer, Alcoa will use billboards, newspaper and radio ads, signage around the lake and other avenues to promote the “Play it Safe” message to boaters and swimmers.  This is the eighth year Alcoa Power Generating Inc. has sponsored the “Play it Safe on the Lakes” campaign.
In addition, Alcoa provides $90,000 a year to sheriff departments in Davidson, Montgomery, Rowan and Stanly County for increased patrols of the lakes.
About Alcoa-Yadkin
For nearly a century, Alcoa-Yadkin has generated clean, renewable energy along the Yadkin River.  The Yadkin Hydroelectric Project includes four dams and reservoirs – High Rock Lake, Tuckertown, Badin Lake and Falls – where North Carolinians enjoy boating, fishing, camping and other recreational opportunities. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com/yadkin.