Lifejackets are one of our most important life saving devices, but not enough people out there are using them when they are on the water. And here’s the thing: If you don’t wear one, it can’t save you.
We get it, you’re an adult; no one is going to make you wear one if you don’t want to, but what about your kids? In the state of Pennsylvania, if your child is under the age of 12 they must wear a lifejacket on any boat under 20 feet in length and in all canoes and kayaks.
As insurance agents and risk managers, we here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors are all about keeping you and your family safe. If the law isn’t enough to convince you that your children should wear lifejackets, then here are 5 great articles on lifejacket safety that might:
Saved By the Jacket is compilation of real life stories as told by people who have had their lives’ (or a family member’s life) saved by the use of a lifejacket. In this tale, two youngsters were saved from a creek following a watercraft accident.
Click to watch this video from the National Sea Rescue Institute! Sea Rescue Director of Operations Mark Hughes talks about how a lifejacket saved his life.
Less than a month ago, this Sacramento, CA family had their raft flipped while they were vacationing over Labor Day Weekend. Their lives were saved by lifejackets loaned out by the Sac Metro Fire Department.
Sometimes the weather turns when you’re on the water, and there isn’t much you can do. But, if you’re smart, you will at the very least be prepared with a lifejacket, just like Leslie Meyer.
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