Life Jackets - Personal Flotation Devices

Children Wearing Life Jackets
Personal Flotation Device Safety
Water can be deceiving and the current can be deadly. Statistics show that wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) can save your life and the ones you love.

Local Sheriff's departments and some municipal police departments have PFD loaner programs. If you have forgotten your PFD, contact them for a loaner.

PFD Facts
  • Buoyant cushions no longer satisfy the legal requirements for PDF on boats under 16-feet long
  • Life jackets or life vests - Type I, II, or III Personal Floatation Devices are now required for every occupant of these smaller craft
  • In addition to all vessels under 16-feet, the regulation applies to canoes and kayaks of any length
  • State regulation was changed in response to changes made by the United States Coast Guard
  • State law requires PFDs be Coast Guard approved, in serviceable condition, and of proper size for the wearer
  • Half of all recreational boating deaths in Washington result from capsizing or falls overboard from boats under 16-feet long
  • Wearing a PFD could have saved most of those lives and might have saved yours
PFDs - The Choice is Yours
  • Get and wear a Coast Guard approved PFD that fits well. Make sure it is the proper type and approved for your specific usage. Actually put it on, adjust it, and test it in the water so you will know how it will feel when needed. Do the same for family members, especially children. Knowing what to expect in the water can prevent panic. Non-swimmers should wear a PFD on any small boat
  • Never leave PFDs sealed in plastic wrapping. They must be ready to put on fast
  • Whenever water conditions or weather cause concern, have everyone aboard immediately put on a PFD
  • If you fall in the water, stay with the boat