Taking Care of Your Lifejacket

Follow these tips to ensure your lifejacket stays in good condition:

  1. Don't alter your lifejacket. If yours doesn't fit, get one that does. An altered lifejacket may not save your life.
  2. Don't put heavy objects on your lifejacket or use it for a kneeling pad or boat fender. Lifejackets lose buoyancy when crushed.
  3. Let your lifejacket drip dry thoroughly before putting it away. Always stow it in a well ventilated place.
  4. Don't leave your lifejacket on board for long periods when the boat is not in use.
  5. Never dry your lifejacket on a radiator, heater or any other direct heat source.
  6. Put your name on your lifejacket if only you wear it.
  7. Practice throwing your Type IV lifejacket. Cushions throw best underhand.
  8. 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.