Health Tip: Protect Kids With Life Jackets
Make sure they're UL-approved
(HealthDay News) -- Anytime a child is swimming or boating on a lake, river or stream, he or she should don a life jacket.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions for proper use:
- Make sure your child knows how to put on a life jacket.
- Be sure your child is comfortable wearing and using the life jacket.
- Ensure the life jacket fits correctly and snugly, and that all buckles are properly fastened.
- Make sure all life jackets are approved by Underwriters Laboratories and the U.S. Coast Guard.
- Never use blow-up water wings, a raft or inflatable toy in place of a life jacket.
- Make sure all adults also wear life jackets to set a good example.
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