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Tips for Choosing a Life Vest

Child in life vest while swimmingYou know that wearing a life vest is in the best interest of you and your passengers when it comes to boating safety. Do you know if you have fitted your life vest properly? While you certainly can’t outfit every passenger on your boat with the best vest for their frame, you can make sure that you and your family have vests that fit correctly. Take these steps to ensure that the vests you purchase will do their jobs.

Choose the Best Type of Device

There are a variety of personal flotation devices on the market, and each is designed with a particular set of activities in mind. Read the tag attached to the device to be sure that it is was designed with your planned activity in mind. If you will be boating or riding a jet ski, a vest is typically your best option.

Try It On

The first step in choosing a vest is to pick one designed for either an adult or child, depending on its intended wearer. You can find this information on the tag or label. Also on the label you will find information for the intended wearer’s height and weight. Find a suitable vest and try it on.

Fasten it Correctly

Once you have put the vest on, make sure you connect the straps in the right way. For adults, this typically includes a chest strap and one that sits at the waist. For children, there may be an added strap that is placed between the legs and fastened in either the front or back. This strap adds extra stability for the child.

Test the Vest

You tried the vest on, and you secured the straps correctly. Now it’s time to test it. Hold your arms straight above your head. Use your left hand to gently pull at the right shoulder opening, and then use your right hand to gently pull up at the left shoulder opening. If the jacket comes up over your chin or face, it is too big. Continue testing jackets in this manner until you find one that will not ride up. You can test a child’s life jacket the same way.

Should you choose any other type of personal flotation device, be sure to read its label and fit it properly when indicated. Wearing the wrong size device, especially one that is too large, will do nothing to save you in an emergency.

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