Caring for Your Lifejacket
Lifejackets that are ripped or in poor condition will NOT receive Coast Guard approval and must be replaced.
Follow these tips to keep yours in good condition:
- Check its buoyancy regularly in a pool or by wading out to waist-deep water and bending your knees to see how well you float;
- Make sure that straps, buckles and zippers are clean and work well;
- Tug on straps to make sure they are well attached and there is no sign of wear;
- Dry your lifejacket in open air and avoid direct heat sources;
- Store in a dry, well-ventilated place where they are easy to reach;
- Do not dry clean or use strong detergents.
- Use mild soap and warm running water to clean; and
- Never sit or kneel on your lifejacket or use it as a fender for your boat, it might get damaged and lose its approved status.