Safety First

NBOA Marine Insurance presents a list of reminders to ensure proper life jacket safety.

Though you may not be able to get out on the water as often, the winter months are perfect for assessing your insurance needs and making sure you’re up to speed on boating safety and laws. NBOA Marine Insurance offers the following reminders on proper life jacket safety, gathered from The United States Coast Guard (USCG).

• Federal regulations require children under age 13 to wear an appropriate USCG-approved life jacket at all times, unless they are below deck or in an enclosed cabin. State laws vary in terms of age; be sure to check with your state’s boating safety office for specifications.

• Boats 16 feet or longer (excluding canoes and kayaks) must also have at least one throwable flotation device (Type IV) like cushions, buoys or life rings.

• Choose your life jacket based on your planned activities and anticipated water conditions. Always look for the USCG-approval number before you purchase any life jacket.

• Life jackets are not “one-size-fits-all” garments. Check your life jacket label to be sure it’s made for your weight and size.

For more information on life jacket safety and other boating safety regulations, read the NBOA Safety Checklist.

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