As school starts up again and fall rolls in, many are scrambling for that one last round of boating before the cool weather hits. Of course, any time you’re on a boat, safety should be your ultimate priority. Here are some life jacket safety tips to keep all your passengers safe.
Examine the jackets. Are they waterlogged, faded, or leaky? If they are looking dilapidated or worn, think about replacing them.
Can you grab them quickly? It’s best to wear a life jacket during the entire ride. If you don’t you should be able to access wearable jackets quickly. Throwable devices should also be within easy reach. Don’t keep life jackets stored in bags, or locked in closed compartments where they are difficult to get to. Everyone on board should know where they are stored and how to reach them easily.
Do I have enough? The U.S. Coast Guard requires you to have a life jacket for each persona aboard. If your boat is at least 16 feet long, you must also have at least one throwable device. They should also be able to put on the life jacket in a reasonable amount of time.
Do I have the right kinds? There are different types of life jackets; Type I, II, III, or V life jackets. Depending on the water and ages of your passengers, you’ll need a particular life jacket. Type I, for example, floats best, and is meant for open water and oceans. Children in particular require special life jackets- adult sized ones do not work for them.
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