Dangers of an Improper Size Lifejacket

Lifejackets are designed to help people in the event that they find themselves in the water and unable to remain afloat on their own. Lifejackets come in a variety of sizes and are designed for a number of different purposes. Before buying a lifejacket, one should always be careful to check that it is the right size and that it is approved for its intended purpose.

One of the biggest problems with lifejackets when they are too big is that they don’t hold the head out of the water. A lifejacket that is too large for the wearer will slide up in the water and rest somewhere around the wearer’s ears. While this may be an amusing look in a situation that is not an emergency, it is not at all amusing in an emergency. With the lifejacket at a person’s ears rather than the shoulders, the head and face are not kept out of the water. If the person is injured and unable to provide any sort of movement to keep his or her face out of the water, a serious situation can become worse. The same problem exists in the event of a head injury that causes unconsciousness.

If a lifejacket is too small for its wearer, there can be serious problems as well. If the lifejacket is too small, it might not provide enough flotation to keep the injured or unconscious person on the surface of the water.

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