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Lifejackets

Lifejackets

Lifejackets

What is the difference between a lifejacket and a PFD (Personal Flotation Device)?

When should my child wear a lifejacket?

Children have often drowned when they were playing near the water and were not intending to go swimming. Children can fall into the water quickly and silently without adults being aware. A lifejacket can help keep your child safe until someone can rescue him.

Make sure the lifejacket fits your child's weight. Buckle it up every time, and use all of the safety straps on the lifejacket. Your child could slip out of a lifejacket that is too big or not buckled up properly.

How do I know which lifejacket is right for my child?

Check the label to make sure it has been approved by at least one of the following:

For young children, the lifejacket should also have these special features:

Is it safe to take my baby on a boat?

It is not recommended that babies travel by boat because there are no Canadian-approved lifejackets for infants who weigh less than nine kilograms (20 pounds). Because of their level of physical development, lifejackets would not help to keep a young baby safe. Wait until your child is at least nine kilograms and can fit into a Canadian-approved lifejacket, before taking him on a boat. Many babies will reach that size at  around nine to 12 months of age.

Is it the law in Canada for everyone in a boat to wear a lifejacket?

No. Currently, Canadian laws require that recreational boats have one properly fitting lifejacket for every person on the boat. But there is no law requiring people to wear the lifejackets. Since nine out of 10 people who drown in boating incidents are not wearing lifejackets, it is clear that that the current law is weak. A lifejacket will only help keep you safe if you wear it. Make sure all children and adults wear a lifejacket when on a boat.

Where can I get more information on lifejackets?