Date: August 19, 2017

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Lifejackets Are The Solution - Fact Sheet


How to choose a lifejacket or personal flotation device for you!

For more information about a lifejacket versus a personal flotation device (PFD) visit the Canada Red Cross website.


Options

Lifejackets come in various sizes and are often customized for the recreational sport or leisure activity you are involved in. New options improve the level of comfort and provide a functional but safe solution if the fit requirements

Lifejacket options for different activities: www.wearalifejacket.com

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) to suit your lifestyle and activities: www.smartboater.ca

Lifejackets for children

A child’s PFD or lifejacket is NOT a substitute for adult supervision.

  • Young children under 5 years of age, and weak swimmers, should wear lifejackets when they are in or around water.

A suitable floatation device for children should have these features:

  • Large collar for head support
  • Safety strap that goes between the legs to prevent the device from slipping over the child’s head
  • Buckles on safety straps
  • Reflective tape

Lifejackets for my baby

In Canada, there is not an approved lifejacket for babies under 9 kg (20lbs).

It won't work if you don't wear it

If you want your children to wear a lifejacket, set a good example and do the same. That means wearing a lifejacket at all times. Put it on before you leave the dock. If something happens, you will not have enough time to locate and put on a PFD, especially in dark, cold or windy conditions.

YOUR ACTIVITY * YOUR RISK * YOUR RESPONSIBILITY * YOUR CHOICE