Some things to remember

To make sure that your PFDs remain in good condition.

♦ Do not alter the PFDs. An altered PFD no longer meets legal requirements and may not save your life.

♦ Do not place heavy objects on PFDs during storage.

♦ Do not use PFDs as kneeling pads, boat fenders, or seat cushions because they lose buoyancy when they're crushed.

♦ Let PFDs air-dry thoroughly before putting them away.

♦ Always store your PFDs in a well-ventilated place, out of direct sunlight.

♦ Never dry your PFDs by a direct heat source, such as a dryer, heater, or radiator.

♦ Before wearing, check PFDs for signs of wear and age. Look for rips or tears, mildew, loose or missing straps, frayed webbing, broken zippers or buckles, and hardened stuffing. A PFD with any of these problems must be replaced.

REVIEW QUESTIONS: Life Jackets

Answer these questions by circling T for true or F for false.

1. Although life jackets come in different styles, there is no difference in their capacity to save a person T F

2. For added safety, it's a good idea to attach a whistle to your life jacket. .. T F

3. The nice thing about life jackets is that one size fits all T F

4. You should always check your life jacket for signs of wear or age before using it T F

5. All passengers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved, properly fitted life jackets under the following conditions:

in rough seas, more than 3 miles off shore, riding on any boat underway, when the wearer is not a good swimmer T F

Turn to page 88 for correct answers.

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