Taking Care of Your Lifejacket
Follow these tips to ensure your lifejacket stays in good condition:
- Don’t alter your lifejacket. If yours doesn’t fit, get one that does. An altered lifejacket may not save your life.
- Don’t put heavy objects on your lifejacket or use it for a kneeling pad or boat fender. Lifejackets lose buoyancy when crushed.
- Let your lifejacket drip dry thoroughly before putting it away. Always stow it in a well ventilated place.
- Don’t leave your lifejacket on board for long periods when the boat is not in use.
- Never dry your lifejacket on a radiator, heater or any other direct heat source.
- Put your name on your lifejacket if only you wear it.
- Practice throwing your Type IV lifejacket. Cushions throw best underhand.
- Follow the washing instructions on the label. Most lifejackets can be washed by hand in a mild detergent and hung to dry in a well ventilated area out of any direct sunlight.