Do not pull, cut, write or change the structure of the Life Jacket, they are designed and tested for your safety. Do not place it under sharp objects. Do not use as a seat or backrest as it can lose its buoyancy.
Rinse it in fresh water after use and always let it dry in a ventilated area. Keep it away from strong sources of heat. While damp, do not store it inside the boat for long periods. Extend the life of your safety equipment with preventive maintenance.
The amount of life jackets in a boat is specified by the Brazilian Navy. It must match the maximum allowed occupancy of your boat, plus 10%. You should also consider: type of activity, type of vessel and location.
Wearing a life jacket or a buoyancy aid device will ensure the child does not sink, helping to keep their head out of the water and floating for a long period of time.
No matter the age, children near or in the water should always be under the supervision of a responsible adult. If the child does not know how to swim, choose a vest with collar.
Never drink alcohol when in charge of a boat, drive your boat defensively. In case of accident, the alcohol accelerates the loss of body heat, reflexes and thoughts are slower and the chance of hypothermia is higher. 80% of accidents with leisure boats involves the abuse of alcoholic beverages.
Inspect your Life Jackets regularly. You are responsible for your crew, the safety of your family and friends depends on you.
Check the Brazilian Navy website for the issue number and expiring date of the approval certificate. Products like buoys and life jackets do not have expiring date predicted by law, but the certificate has. Safety equipment must be changed according to its conditions of usage.
Attention: For certified ISO 9001:2008 companies, the approval certificate is valid for 5 years, without it, for 1 year only.
Choose your vest according to weight and size. The life jacket should suit you perfectly to guarantee flotation and stability. Test your life jacket in sheltered waters before going to water.
Before sailing, make sure all life jackets are in good condition. Verify: buckles, straps, whistles or any apparent damage in the fabric.
Make sure the foam is not dented or damaged by being used as a seat, backrest or poor packaging. Loose fabric in the corners may indicate lower buoyancy. Always have a correct sized life jacket for each crewmember.
Always wear your equipment! Most victims have life jackets on board but do not wear it. 9 out of 10 drowning accident happen in sheltered waters only a few meters from rescue.
If a person on board cannot swim, you must ask to wear the safety device even in calm waters or near the sea shore.
The exposure time in cold water can cause hypothermia, this means that the body temperature drops below 35°C and can be fatal.
Basic survival techniques may help you in critical situation: