Keep these Life Jacket Facts in Mind
Whatever kind of paddling you like to do, it’s important to always wear your life jacket (or PFD) while you’re out on the water. Think of it like wearing a seat belt in your car – you probably won’t find yourself in a situation where you need it, but it’s a precaution that can be live saving should the worst happen. I came across some great life jacket facts from the Safe Boating Campaign about why you should actually put it on one while you’re out paddling and wanted to share them here:
- U.S. Coast Guard’s 2010 statistics stated that approximately 88 percent of boaters who drowned were reported as not wearing life jackets.
- This means that over 400 boaters died unexpectedly because they were uninformed or simply not in the habit of taking this significant safety precaution.
- It is human nature to think it can’t happen to me–but it can.
- The majority of people who drown in boating accidents know how to swim, but become incapacitated in the water.
- Sometimes they are injured or unconscious.
- Others develop hypothermia or become exhausted.
- Some are weighed down by clothing.
- An accident usually happens without warning.Other reasons why people don’t wear a life jacket are that it is too hot, or it will mess up their tan line, or they are simply not comfortable.
- Usually after the accident, the life jackets are not within reach–in cabinets, trapped under the vessel, floating far away in the water.
- Many people don’t realize the variety of new life jackets that are on the market–belt packs and other inflatable styles that are low profile and light weight.
- It is important to wear a life jacket at all times while boating.