Sara Story, NBCDFW.com
The Lewisville Fire Department's "Vested For Life" program aims to decrease the number of drownings.
The Lewisville Fire Department will hand out free life jackets this holiday weekend.
Lake Lewisville officials are bracing for the busiest weekend of the year -- and a greater chance of accidents on the water.
The fire department's Dive Rescue Unit says life jackets are a key factor in water safety.
"We have found bodies in the swim area and out in the middle of the lake after, maybe, people just jumped in the water to take a swim without a life jacket on," Capt. Kevin Brule said.
The rescue team gives away hundreds of free life jackets to children at swimming areas on the weekends as part of the department's Vested for Life program.
"It seemed like we were responding to the swim areas on several of the near drowning or drowning calls, and they did involve children," Fire Chief Steve Carter said.
The jackets are paid for by community donations.