Inflatable Life Jacket Care
Inspecting your inflatable life jacket.
Every 2-3 months of use, or at the beginning of the season, you should inspect your life jacket to ensure that it will work properly when you need it. Here's what you need to do…
Visually Inspect the Jacket
Check jacket for rips, tears, holes, broken buckles, etc.
Orally Inflate Jacket to Capacity
Even automatically triggered life jackets have an orange inflation tube at the front upper left portion of the jacket. In an emergency, you can to inflate the jacket if the CO2 fails, and for testing, you can use it to make sure the jacket holds air when inflated.
Visually Inspect CO2 Trigger and Cartridge
Inspect cartridge to ensure that it hasn't been discharged. Inspect inflator for corrosion and serviceability. If you have an automatic, hydrostatic, unit, be sure to inspect and replace the dissolving "pill" or "bobbin" if equipped with a new one."
Inflate Jacket for 16-24 Hours
Inflate for 16 to 24 hours to ensure that it holds air. You can also immerse the personal flotation device to check for leaks in it or in the manual inflation tube.
If Jacket Holds Air, Repack and Use
Frequent inspection of your jacket can save your life! For specific information, refer to your life jacket owner's manual. For general life jacket information please see our Foundation Findings.
Introduction to Life Jacket Inspections
Inspecting Inflatable Belt Packs
Inspecting Inflatable Vest Jackets
Frequent inspection of your jacket can save your life! For specific information refer to your life jacket owner's manual.