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January 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 191

A Life jacket is designed to save your life. It is first and last line of defense between you and unforgiving water.

Here are few tips why is a life jacket so important.

- It will help against hypothermia. You will be able to pull your legs to your chests and with that you will preserve body heat. That is important because it could take some time for the rescue to arrive.

- Most jackets are in bright colors which increases possibility of being spotted. There are also types with retro reflective tape sewn to the fabric, so spotting a person in the dark is not a problem.

- Nobody plans to fall overboard, but if that happens and you are wearing a life jacket the possibility of drowning is greatly reduced. Because of the jacket your head is above the water so there is no room for panic

Life jackets types.

It is important to know that a life jacket won't work if it doesn't fit, because it depends on a person size how much amount of buoyancy he or she needs to remain afloat.

They come in infant, child, youth and adult sizes and they include weight and chest measurements. It is important that jacket fits so you don't slip out of it. If it's too big then there is possibility that you will have problems with breathing and if it's too small the snaps and buckles might break.

Almost every flotation device is most commonly made of a tough synthetic fiber material which retains a source of buoyancy, such as foam or a chamber of air.

There are also several types of inflation methods for air-only life jackets, like oral method in which case your jacket must be fully inflated before using. The rest of the methods are manual, automatic and hydrostatic. It is important to know which method your jacket uses and how it works so there wouldn't be any surprises.

There are five types of life jackets. First three are for recreational use. Fourth and fifth are not for small boats. They are for throwing to a conscious person in the water and they can't be worn.

Type I - is effective in all types of water, especially if you need to wait a little bit longer for rescue. This one provides the most buoyancy and floats the best. It is easy to put on and design to turn most people who are unconscious in the water from face-down position to a face-up position.

Type II -is intended for calm, inland water and when rescue is possible in a very short time. It will turn some unconscious wearers to a face-up position, but not all of them.

Type III - good for conscious wearers in calm, inland water and where rescue is possible in a very short time. This type is very comfortable for continuous wear.

A Life jacket is the most important piece of safety equipment on every boat. U.S. Coast Guard regulations are saying that each person aboard must carry one.

Danny Reed is a writer who specializes in outdoor activies. You can check out his latest website at http://www.lifejacketsforsale.org, including the Dog life jackets.

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