You’re never too old to be safe. Life jackets save lives when capsized, when thrown from the boat, when unconscious from carbon monoxide fumes, when knocked off balance while fishing, or when unable to swim or have water logged clothes.
By law, you are required to have a life jacket for each person aboard.
Need help choosing which life jacket is best for you? Check out the U.S. Coast Guard’s guide.
Have an old jacket you need to test out? Here are a couple of things to look for:
- Test for wear and buoyancy at least once each year
- Water logged, faded, or leaky jackets should be discarded
- Appropriate size for the intended user: adult jackets are not suitable for children
When all is said and done, the best life jacket is the one you will wear.