Care and Use of Your PFD!

Friday, June 30, 2023
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The American Boating Association reminds us that every member of your crew should have a U.S. Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device. Did you know that of the 534 recreational boating drowning deaths back in 2020, the US Coast Guard approximates that 450 victims (84%) were not wearing a life jacket.

Here are some tips regarding the care and use of these all-important PFDs:

  • Buy your own life jacket and wear it. One size does not fit all.
  • Look at the label for size and weight limitations.
  • Try it on and check the fit. With straps and buckles secured, the life jacket should not slip over your head or cover your eyes.
  • Make sure the life jacket is Coast Guard approved.
  • Replace your life jacket if you find air leakage, mildew or rot.
  • Never alter a life jacket. It could lose its effectiveness.
  • Check your life jackets yearly for flotation and fit.
  • Wear a life jacket to set an example for younger children while increasing your chances of survival.

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