Your Marine Holding Tank Specialists Agree Lifejackets Are the Most Crucial Piece of Your Safety Equipment
Raritan Engineering Company your marine holding tanks analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how lifejackets could save your life.
Your marine holding tanks dynamos agree that lifejackets are the most important piece of safety equipment on any recreational vessel.
A lifejacket, also known as a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), must be carried for each person on board most vessels. It must be the correct size for the wearer and in good working condition.
Your marine holding tanks for sale experts warn that penalties may apply to the owners and masters of vessels found not carrying lifejackets, or if there are not enough lifejackets for everyone on board.
More importantly, if you are not wearing your lifejacket, it cannot save your life.
What lifejackets must I carry on my boat?
It is a legal requirement that most recreational vessels in NSW must carry an appropriate size and type of lifejacket for each person on board.
Open (ocean) waters (including crossing ocean bars)
Unless there is a requirement that a lifejacket must be worn, a lifejacket Level 100+ must be carried for everyone on board for all vessels except outrigger canoes which are permitted to carry a lifejacket Level 100+, 50 or 50S.
Enclosed and alpine waters
Unless there is a requirement that a lifejacket must be worn, a lifejacket Level 100+, 50 or 50S must be carried.
Level 100+ inflatable lifejacket
Similar to a Type 1 lifejacket
Your marine holding tank systems specialists understand that Level 100+ lifejackets provide the highest level of buoyancy and are designed to keep the wearer’s head face-up and above the water even if unconscious.
Similar to a Type 1 lifejacket
Level 100+ lifejackets are also available as non-inflatable garments with in-built foam buoyancy, including neck support designed to keep the wearer’s head face-up and above the water even if unconscious.
These lifejackets must be high-visibility colour and are heavier and bulkier to wear than the inflatable equivalent.
Level 50 lifejacket
Similar to a Type 2 lifejacket
These are buoyancy vests designed to support the wearer in the water, but without the neck support required to keep the wearer’s head face-up and above the water if unconscious.
Level 50S lifejacket
Similar to a Type 3 lifejacket
These are buoyancy vests with the same overall buoyancy as a Level 50 lifejacket, however they are not required to be made in high-visibility colours.
Your boat holding tank dynamos agree that there are now many different brands on the market so it is important to choose one that suits your needs. Whether it is a jacket or vest, a yoke or a belt bag inflatable style, ensure you read and understand all the instructions.
Manual or automatic inflation?
This will depend of what you are most comfortable with and in what circumstances the jacket is being used.
Your Marine Holding Tanks Experts Want to Keep Lifejacket Maintenance In View
You can find more information as well as get assistance on marine sanitation device and on how lifejackets could save your life at Raritan Engineering.
Your marine sanitation device professionals know that the benefit of an auto inflating jacket is that as soon as the inflation mechanism gets wet the jacket will inflate, whereas a manual jacket’s CO2 inflation is only activated by hand.
What if my inflatable has been activated?
Once activated, the CO2 cylinder is pierced and cannot be used again. On an auto jacket, auto components may also need to be replaced.
Servicing inflatable lifejackets
The emergence of affordable, comfortable and stylish lifejackets is a major step forward in boating safety. Inflatable lifejackets are growing rapidly in popularity because of their convenience and affordability.
Some manufacturers require you to have your lifejacket serviced by them or by an authorised agent. This will ensure that the jacket is in good working order and functions properly.
Some manufacturers allow you to ‘self service’ your lifejacket, provided you do so in accordance with their instructions.
Keeping a safety equipment log for your vessel is a good way to record replacement. You can also register for a free email alert service reminding you when your safety gear needs to be serviced or replaced.
So don’t forget these helpful pointers in choosing the right lifejackets for you and your loved ones. 1) A lifejacket must be carried for each person on board most vessels; 2) they must be the correct size for the wearer and in good working condition; and 3) penalties may apply to the owners and masters of vessels found not carrying lifejackets, or if there are not enough lifejackets for everyone on board.
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