In many cases, life jackets are handled roughly and exposed to less-than-ideal conditions, including improper storage and extensive exposure to ultraviolet radiation. As a result of such conditions, PFDs may have a shorter service life. Therefore, boat operators should distinguish between life jackets available for use and those that must be replaced. In addition, it is crucial to maintain PFDs and life jackets according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
The following are some strategies for caring for life jackets and Personal Flotation Devices:
The condition of a life jacket or PFD should be checked before it is worn to ensure that there are no rips, tears, missing parts, broken pieces, or mildew present. If a jacket exhibits any signs of wear, it should be immediately replaced, as it will not function properly in the water.