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 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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DON'T FORGET YOUR LIFE JACKET! 

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LIFE JACKET (PFD) SIZING FOR KIDS 

FIT IS IMPORTANT IN KEEPING A CHILD'S HEAD ABOVE WATER, SO DO NOT GET A TOO-BIG LIFE JACKET (PFD)THINKING HE OR SHE WILL GROW INTO IT.

Sizing for a youngster depends on his or her weight (and not chest size, as it does with adults):

  • Infant PFDs: 8 to 30 pounds
  • Child PFDs: 30 to 50 pounds
  • Youth PFDs: 50 to 90 pounds

For infants and small children, a Life Jacket should have a:

  • Padded head support to help keep the child’s head above water.
  • Grab handle to assist retrieving the child out of the water.
  • Crotch strap to help keep the PFD from riding up.

Child-sized Life Jackets look like, and have the same features as adult Life Jackets. As with an adult Life Jacket, a child's must fit snugly. Check the fit once the child is secured in it. Pick up the child by the shoulders, the child's chin and ears should not slip through.

Familiarize your child with the Life Jacket before getting on the boat so he/she will be comfortable wearing it and hopefully less likely to panic during the activity. Babies and toddlers often dislike their Life Jacket. This can create problems if the child is not use to wearing the Life Jacket before going on the water. Prepare youngsters ahead of time at home by offering a reward for wearing it or make a game of it.

PICTURE SUBMITTED BY RITA THEISEN

 

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