How to Wear a Life Jacket

Life jackets are flotation devices, mostly inflated using air, meant to keep the wearer upright in water, whether he/she is conscious or not. Knowing how to wear a life jacket could potentially mean the difference between staying alive and dying. Basically, life jackets are essential items when it comes to performing any activity in and around water. Even if you know how to swim, it is always recommended that you wear life jackets in deep water or when you take part in extreme water sports.

Things Required:

– Boating Safety Guides
– Instructions for Wearing Life Jacket
– U.S. Coast Guard Approved Life Jackets

Instructions

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    Life Jackets



    Life jackets come in several varieties but only those which have been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard are recommended for purchase. They may be slightly more costly compared to normal jackets, but your life, and the life of your loved ones is invaluable compared to a little more money.

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    Storage





    The purpose of bringing life jackets on board is to have them readily available whenever the need may arise. They should not be locked away anywhere and should be easily accessible in case they are needed in an emergency. It is also recommended that you keep a few extra jackets in case there are any faulty ones.

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    Size





    Getting life jackets with proper sizing is very important. If the life jacket does not fit the wearer properly, it will not act as effectively as it is meant to. Make sure to get different sizes for everyone on board so nobody is left out when the need arises. The size should be such that the person wearing it should not be able to slip outside of it very easily.

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    Put in on properly


    It is nearly impossible to wear a life jacket once you are in the water. You will not be able to get it under the water's surface. Hence, it is crucial that you wear a life jacket before you go into the water. While wearing your jacket, make sure you tighten the straps properly and secure it completely. If there are any kids on board, fasten their jackets yourself and double check them.

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