Personal Flotation Devices Keep Families Safe on Lake Norman
Personal Flotation Devices Keep You Safe
Boating on Lake Norman is a fun way to spend summer days with friends and family. Just like any gathering of loved ones, safety is the most important consideration.
Personal flotation devices, like life jackets, are an excellent way to keep your family safe while on Lake Norman. In fact, in North Carolina children under the age of 13 are required by law to wear a personal flotation device any time a boat is underway.
Many people believe that boating accidents mainly happen at sea or in deep, choppy water. However, according to the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturer’s Association, nine out of ten drowning accidents happen in inland waters within a few feet of safety.
Unfortunately, many drowning victims had access to a life jacket, but were not wearing it at the time of their accident. As PFDMA’s motto says: “It only works if you wear it!”
Types of Personal Flotation Devices
Wearing a life jacket is easier than ever due to the many different styles designed with comfort in mind. Many boaters, especially children, will be unlikely to wear a life jacket that is too bulky. Luckily, there are many types of life jackets that are thin, compact and comfortable.
One type of popular personal flotation device is the inflatable life jacket. This type of PFD automatically inflates when it touches the water. The un-inflated life jacket remains light and easy to wear – thus increasing its effectiveness to save your life in an accident.
There are many different life jackets for children and adults of all sizes. No matter how strong a swimmer you are, a life jacket is a good idea for staying safe while boating Lake Norman.
There are even life jackets for dogs! There are life jackets to fit any sized dog. Also, dog life jackets feature a handle to easily grab your dog out of the water if they fall overboard. These are a great way to keep your dog safe while boating on Lake Norman!
Westport Marina Can Help!
Westport Marina’s boating store can help you find the personal flotation device that matches your needs. No matter what type of personal flotation devices you choose, you will have peace of mind knowing that your family and friends are safe while boating on Lake Norman!