Life Jacket Safety Quiz

Can you keep your head above water?

Flotation Fit (July 1, 2019)

Boy jumping off boat

Life jackets aren’t just optional. They’re necessary to make sure you stay safe while you’re having fun in the water. Test your knowledge.

water wings

Question 1 of 10 Score: 0

How much can you trust floaties, i.e., inflatable floats, swim rings or water wings?

Floaties aren’t safety devices; they’re pool toys. They don’t offer any additional protection, but instead often trick parents into thinking their children are perfectly safe. Never leave a child in a pool without supervision, even if they are wearing a UL certified life jacket.

Life jacket in pool

Question 2 of 10 Score: 0

When should a child wear a life jacket?

According to safety experts, children should wear U.S. Coast Guard- approved life jackets in small and large bodies water, including pools.

Mom helping son with life jacket

Question 3 of 10 Score: 0

How do you test to see if a life jacket fits?

To test to make sure your life jacket fits, follow these steps: 1. Check the label to make sure the jacket can support someone your height and weight. 2. Fasten the life jacket. 3. Hold your arms above your head. 4. Have someone grasp the top of the arm openings and gently pull them up. 5. Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and that the jacket doesn’t ride the chin or face.

Rack of life jackets

Question 4 of 10 Score: 0

What should you check for when purchasing a life jacket?

The application of the device, the rated weight and the fit after trying the device on are all important factors in selecting the right device.

Life jacket on fence

Question 5 of 10 Score: 0

Where can you find the safety information related to a PDF at point of sale, such as trying your PFD before use, cold water facts and caring for your PFD.

Although there is information provided on the manufacturers’ website, at the point of sale each PFD is required to have an attached 'Think Safe' pamphlet.

girls on boat with life jackets

Question 6 of 10 Score: 0

Which item isn’t one of the five kinds of U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets?

An inflatable vest is a kind of floatie. Special purpose devices are only for use in certain situations, like whitewater rafting. Near-shore buoyant vests are best for boating in calm water.

life jackets and kayaks

Question 7 of 10 Score: 0

When should an inflatable life jacket be used?

A flotation device is a flotation device. Inflatable jackets feature a compact design that allows for greater mobility; however, when they are submerged in water, C02 is released into the device inflating it and using up the C02 cylinder. Inflatable vests are only suggested for experienced swimmers.

Girl at swim lessons

Question 8 of 10 Score: 0

True or False: All personal flotation devices (PFDs) will turn an unconscious wearer face-up.

A Type I (Off-Shore) device is designed to turn MOST unconscious wearers face-up in water. A Type II (Near-Shore) device turns SOME unconscious wearers face-up in water. A Type III/Level 70 (flotation aid) device may require active participation of the wearer to tilt their head back to avoid going face-down.

River rafting guide

Question 9 of 10 Score: 0

What device is best for open, rough water?

Off-Shore (Type I) devices are the best for open, rough or removed water, where rescue may be slow coming. It will turn MOST unconscious wearers face-up in the water.

Thumbs up with life jacket

Question 10 of 10 Score: 0

What does the H.E.L.P. test check for?

The Heat Escape Lessening Position (H.E.L.P.) is when the arms and knees are tucked close to the body, as immersion in water for a long time could cause hypothermia.

Boy jumping off boat

Your Results

You scored out of 10