Childrens Services Council - Child Safety


Choosing the Right Life Jacket

All recreational vehicles need to have life jackets. When a boat is moving, Florida law requires anyone under the age of 6 to wear a life jacket.

Life jackets designed for adults do not work for children. If the life jacket is too big, it will ride up around the wearer’s face. If it is too small, it will not keep the person afloat.

The U.S. Coast Guard recommends following these steps so your child is safely in a life jacket:

  1. Check the manufacturer’s label to make sure the life jacket is designed for your child’s height and weight.
  2. Fasten the jacket.
  3. Have your child hold his/her arms straight up.
  4. Grasp the top of the arm openings and pull up.
  5. Make sure there is no excess room above the openings.
  6. Try the jacket out in shallow waters.
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