To make sure that your PFDs remain in good condition:
- Do not alter the PFDs. An altered PFD no longer meets legal requirements and may not save your life.
- Do not place heavy objects on PFDs during storage.
- Do not use PFDs as kneeling pads, boat fenders, or seat cushions because they lose buoyancy when they’re crushed.
- Let PFDs air-dry thoroughly before putting them away.
- Always store your PFDs in a well-ventilated place, out of direct sunlight.
- Never dry your PFDs by a direct heat source, such as a dryer, heater, or radiator.
- Before wearing, check PFDs for signs of wear and age.
- Look for rips or tears, mildew, loose or missing straps, frayed webbing, broken zippers or buckles, and hardened stuffing. A PFD with any of these problems must be replaced.
Life jacket care information provided courtesy of SafeBoatingCampaign.com.