Personal Flotation

SavvyMom April 8, 2016

There’s nothing really sexy about safety, but precautions around water should be a hot topic for every parent this summer.
So, we thought a refresher might be helpful. We’ve also included a few of our editor’s picks for some new peace-of-mind- products that will float everyone’s boat (and child) this summer.

Do As I Say…
The Hospital for Sick Children’s national injury prevention program, Safe Kids Canada offers a list of critical safety tips and awareness points that are worth reviewing. One critical tip that parents should remember is to teach by example. If you’re often going without wearing a lifejacket because you’re “a good swimmer” or because you’re “an adult”, think about what that message says to the kids.

Jackets and Devices
If you can’t get straight on the jacket options, you’re not alone. We’ve got the scoop on the differences between standard lifejackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs). One point to note—even if the kids have a life jacket or PFD on, it’s not a substitute for parental supervision so keep the jackets done up and stay near.

A standard lifejacket is the old-school style. These jackets have a self-righting capability which forces an unconscious person to a face-up position in the water, allowing them to breathe. There are only two sizes; one for people who weigh over 40 kg (90 lbs), and one for people who weigh less than 40 kg (90 lbs). Standard lifejackets must be bright in colour; orange, yellow or red, and have a whistle attached.

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