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How do life jackets save lives?

Karns & Kerrison

One of the pillars of boat safety in Rhode Island is wearing a life jacket. Despite how much they are touted as an important safety device, many people still go out on the water without them. If you happen to be one of those people, you can avoid the serious dangers of not wearing one by learning more about how one could save your life.

Boat Safe Kids explains life jackets are made of foam, which is very buoyant. If you fall into the water when wearing one, it will pull you back up to the surface and keep you on top of the water. This helps you to float along and not swallow water. It also aids in your visibility. When you are under the water, it is very difficult for you to be seen. The life jacket also adds a bright color punch that stands out against the water and makes it easy to spot you.

Finally the life jacket is a great device if you should fall into cold water because it also has some insulation properties. This helps you to retain some body heat in your upper body where you most essential organs are located.

Without a life jacket, you are on your own to try to stay afloat and grab the attention of anyone who may be nearby or who may be looking for you. If you have ever tread water, you likely know, it is not something you can do continuously for a long period of time. Only with a life jacket can you have a chance at staying above the water and getting rescued.


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