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Simple steps to ensure proper life jacket fit

Splashing in the lake and spending time on the boat are perfect ways to cool down on a hot summer day. When you’re packing for a day on the water, remember the essentials: swimming suits, beach towels, sunscreen and always bring a life jacket for you and your kids.

Pick a life jacket that fits

Life jackets that fit will keep your kids afloat when they’re playing in the water or if an emergency arises.

Children younger than 13 must wear life jackets while they’re on a boat unless they’re below deck or in a closed cabin.

Life jackets should be U.S. Coast Guard approved, properly fitted and in good condition.

Learn how to fit one properly

Check out this video to help size up your kids’ life jacket.

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