(July 1, 2019)
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.
Keep your head above water with these life jacket safety tips
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Don’t Just Pack It! Wear Your Life Jacket
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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.
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.
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.
Where can you find the safety information related to a PFD 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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