A life jacket and buoyancy vest are not the same, and knowing the difference may help save your life or those of your loved ones from drowning.
It’s summertime and many families enjoy spending the days at the beach or out on the ocean sailing. If you’re out on a lake, river, or at sea, it’s important to be aware of safety laws, especially those pertaining to wearing a life vest.
One common confusion is mistaking a buoyant vest for a life jacket and then purchasing the wrong model. The styles are certainly similar, but the two are undoubtedly different in functionality.
A buoyant vest is designed to help one swim whereas a life jacket is meant to keep one afloat in the water, and some designs help turn an unconscious person from face down to face up. While wearing a life vest, one may even experience difficulty swimming due to the level of buoyancy, which ranges from 100N to 275N.
The confusion between the two types is evident by the comments found in a video posted by grandparents Dan and Holly Mueller on Facebook. The couple wanted their granddaughter to be safe in the pool but were shocked by how the little girl’s face would turn into the water while wearing a life jacket. They wanted to warn other parents to be careful not to buy this type of life jacket.
Other netizens were quick to share that it was not a life jacket in the video but in fact a buoyancy aid, which is why it would flip the little girl’s face down as it is meant to help beginners swim.
Parents need to know the difference between a life jacket and a buoyancy vest to avoid buying the wrong kind for their child.
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