Life Jacket Care

To make sure that your PFDs remain in good condition:

  • Do not alter the PFDs. An altered PFD no longer meets legal requirements and may not save your life.
  • Do not place heavy objects on PFDs during storage.
  • Do not use PFDs as kneeling pads, boat fenders, or seat cushions because they lose buoyancy when they’re crushed.
  • Let PFDs air-dry thoroughly before putting them away.
  • Always store your PFDs in a well-ventilated place, out of direct sunlight.
  • Never dry your PFDs by a direct heat source, such as a dryer, heater, or radiator.
  • Before wearing, check PFDs for signs of wear and age.
  • Look for rips or tears, mildew, loose or missing straps, frayed webbing, broken zippers or buckles, and hardened stuffing. A PFD with any of these problems must be replaced.

Life jacket care information provided courtesy of SafeBoatingCampaign.com.