PROPER CARE OF YOUR PFD
Clean with a mild soap and running water.
Never dry your PFD close to a direct heat source, clean it with strong detergents, or dry clean it.
Air-dry PFDs in a well ventilated space out of sunlight.
Never use your PFD as a cushion for kneeling or sitting on, or acting as a fender.
Regularly check PFDs for buoyancy: with your PFD on, wade into the water to waist height, bend your knees, roll onto your back, and see how well you float.
Make sure your PFDs are in good shape before you go boating. Regularly check for rips and tears. In particular, check straps and hardware before you leave the dockan enclosed or nearly enclosed water area; a place where vessels can make fast.. PFDs with rips, tears, or other damage will NOT get Coast Guard approval, and you may be fined.