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Health in a Minute: Preserve Your Lives

child swimming

The Red Cross advises EVERYONE to wear a life jacket when boating or rafting – however, particular caution should be taken with children and inexperienced swimmers. Children should wear life jackets when in, on, and around the water, even if a lifeguard is present. Here are some additional tips for life jackets:

  • Make sure it is the right type for the activity.
  • Make sure it is U.S. Coast Guard approvedLook for the stamp.
  • Make sure it fits. Check the label for weight limits.
  • Check buckles and straps for proper function. Discard any life jacket with torn fabric or loose straps.

American Red Cross

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