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Weekly Hack: Testing lifejackets

Reference: Cottage Life

Still using a classic, inherently buoyant lifejacket at the cottage? Before you hit the water this summer, make sure it’s shipshape after the winter off.

Inspect it: Look for rips, tears, holes, and broken zippers or buckles. If you find any, your best bet is to—sorry—discard the lifejacket. “During a vessel inspection, these would render it unacceptable for use, and you may be subject to a fine,” says Ian Gilson of the Canadian Safe Boating Council.

Test it (part one): The flotation material in lifejackets can degrade over time. Wearing your jacket, wade into chest-deep water and lift your legs. If you can’t stay afloat, ditch it...Read More