The product label found on each PFD contains important information from the manufacturer. The label includes information about:
The PFDs intended uses
The size of person it will fit
How to wear the PFD
Check the label to ensure that the PFD is Coast Guard-approved. Coast Guard approval means that the design and manufacture of the PFD has met specific standards of buoyancy and construction. PFDs that are Coast Guard-approved are marked with a “Type” designation and descriptive name to indicate the performance level that the device is intended to provide.
IMPORTANT: Always adhere to the information on the label. Using a PFD outside of its indicated restrictions and intended use is illegal and can result in penalties, or more significantly, the loss of a life.
The U.S. Coast Guard requires one wearable PFD for each person aboard, of appropriate size for the person intended.
At least one Type IV PFD (throwable device) must be kept onboard any vessel of 16 feet or longer.
Flotation devices that are ripped or otherwise in poor condition are not considered approved.
Make sure there is a properly fitting PFD onboard for each passenger.