This is the fifth installment of our water safety series in conjunction with this summer’s drown prevention and water safety campaign. This campaign is part of our Community Risk Reduction program.
Life jackets (Personal Floatation Devices or PFDs) aren’t just for boats and they only work when they are worn. We’ve already seen tragedies this season involving waterborne accidents where life jackets were in the vicinity but not on the people. Weak swimmers and young people should wear life jackets in, on or near the water. They should be put on at the dock or shoreline and not taken off until back on dry land. Make sure you buy United States Coast Guard (USCG)-approved PFDs. Water wings and blow-up toys are not meant to be life safety devices so don’t rely on them.