If you’re going to be boating this summer, you’re well aware that there’s a risk you could be injured on the water. One of the best devices that you have to keep you safe is simply a life jacket. This can be incredibly beneficial even for strong swimmers, as they may find themselves in deep water or so injured that they can no longer swim as normal.
But a life jacket has to fit correctly in order for it to work properly when you need it. How can you tell if it fits or not?
Comfortably snug is best
The general rule used when putting on a new life jacket is that it should be both snug and comfortable at the same time. If it’s too tight, it can be too constricting and may lead to trouble breathing or swimming. If it’s too loose, then it could either come off or it’s simply going to slide up around your neck and make it difficult to move. You want one that fits you tightly so that it will stay in place, but that is also comfortable and easy to wear and move in.
It’s important that you always try a life jacket on, rather than just looking at the size and assuming it will work. For one thing, sizing can be rather rough, with many life jackets just classified as adult jackets or child jackets. But adults can be very different sizes, and these come with different straps and buckles that can be used to adjust the size. You want to put it on first and then adjust it until it fits correctly, and only then do you want to get into the boat.
If you are involved in a boating accident this year and you’re injured or a loved one passes away, be sure you understand your legal options.