All water-related recreational vehicles need to have life jackets aboard. When a boat is moving, Florida law requires children younger than 6 years old to wear a life jacket.
Life jackets designed for adults don't work for children. If a jacket is too big, it will ride up around the face. If too small, it won't keep the person afloat.
FOLLOW THESE STEPS FOR THE RIGHT FIT:
- Check the manufacturer’s label to ensure the jacket is designed for your child’s height and weight.
- Fasten the jacket. This may seem obvious, but just slinging it over a shoulder and not fastening it won't help in an emergency.
- Ask your child hold his/her arms straight up. Grasp the top of the arm openings and pull up. Ensure there is no excess space in the openings.
- Try the jacket out in shallow waters.
Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County
Safe Kids Palm Beach County
• U.S. Coast Guard