How do I choose a life jacket?
When choosing a life jacket, keep the following in mind:
- Make sure it is the right type for the activity.
- Make sure it is U.S. Coast Guard approved. Look for the stamp on the life jacket.
- Make sure it fits the intended user. Check the label on the life jacket for weight limits.
- Check buckles and straps for proper function. Discard any life jacket with torn fabric or loose straps.
- Put it on and practice swimming with it.