The Importance of Wearing a Lifejacket

Do you enjoy spending time at the beach or the lake? Are you one of those people who would rather be on a boat than anywhere else? If so, you have probably received many lectures about the importance of wearing a lifejacket. Even though lifejackets are designed to prevent a person from drowning, many people choose to go without a lifejacket when they are boating, water skiing, or riding on a jet ski.

If you do not believe that you need to wear a lifejacket, you need to consider the following reasons again.

1.    Knowing how to swim is not a reason to forego a lifejacket. Even the best swimmers can panic and drown. If you find yourself in a situation where you must tread water for hours, it does not matter how proficient you are as a swimmer — you will become tired. Wearing a life jacket can keep you above water until help arrives.

2.    Lifejackets can turn your face upright in the water. There are some lifejackets that are made to turn you face-up in the water if you fall out of the boat and you are unconscious.

3.    Be an example for your children. You would not think to allow your children to go out on a boat without a lifejacket. You should set a good example for your children, and other adults, by always wearing your lifejacket without complaining.

4.    Accidents happen in clear weather. Some people assume that lifejackets are only needed if the weather turns bad. They believe when the weather is good, they do not need to worry about a lifejacket because accidents only happen in inclement weather. This is simply not true. An accident can occur on a clear, beautiful day. It is better to be prepared and safe in any situation.

5.    Drinking and Boating Do Not Mix. Even though most people know it is not a good idea to drink while boating, many people choose to enjoy their favourite alcoholic beverages while boating. However, drinking and boating is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada just like drinking and driving and boaters face similar consequences when caught. After enjoying a few drinks, your risk of getting into an accident increases as it affects your judgement, ability to process information and reaction time. You need the protection of a lifejacket to ensure your and other peoples safety on board.

6.    Lifejackets save lives! This is the number one reason why you need to wear a lifejacket. Your life and the lives of your loved ones are worth the time and effort it takes to put on a lifejacket each time you are out on the water. No excuses — do not risk your life by ignoring the fact that wearing a lifejacket can prevent a tragic accident.

Make Sure You Wear the Correct Lifejacket for You

It is important that the lifejacket you wear fits properly. Jackets that are too big or too small will not function correctly in an emergency. Adult life jackets will not work for children. Children should wear lifejackets specifically designed for their height and weight. If in doubt, consult a professional to determine what type of lifejacket you need for yourself and each of your passengers.

Before heading out on the water, inspect all lifejackets to make sure there is no damage to the jackets. Discard any jackets that are torn, faded, or leaky. Always stow lifejackets properly to keep them in top condition.

Call an Ontario Injury Lawyer

If you are injured in a boating accident, we can help. Call the team of lawyers at Diamond and Diamond at 1-800-567-HURT or visit our website to speak to someone now. We offer free consultations and case evaluations for accident victims and their families.

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