Safe Boating Week 2014: Life Jackets

Safe Boating Week 2014: Life Jackets
NBC33 Staff
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 7:08am

"National Safe Boating Week" is May 17 through May 23 this year. Topics range from thunderstorm and hurricane boating safety to wearing a life jacket.

Monday's safety topic focuses on the importance of life jackets.

Boating officials encourage all boaters to wear life jackets, and make sure they fit properly.

Before you head out on the water, check that each person onboard has a life jacket. Sizes and types range from Type I-Type V. Type IV, a throwable floatation device, is required by federal law for boats 16 feet and larger.

While on the boat, make sure all children wear their life jacket. Federal law states children under the age of 13 years old wear a life jacket. However, Louisiana law requires all children 16 years of age and younger to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket, while underway on a boat less than 26 feet long. State law also says the life jacket must be fastened and the correct size for each kid. Click here to see more boating rules and regulations from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

After you've returned to shore or dock, place the life jackets in a safe location where you'll remember to find them the next time you cruise out on the water.

For more information on National Safe Boating Week, click here.

Tomorrow's topic is "Hurricane Preparedness."

Visit to see if the forecast will cooperate for a day or weekend on the water.


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