Teach children how to put a PFD on and allow
them to try it in the water. That way, they know
what the PFD is for and how it works. They will
feel more comfortable with it if they suddenly ﬁnd
themselves in the water.
If the PFD is wet, allow it to dry thoroughly
before storing it. Do not dry it in front of a radiator
or heater. Store it in a well ventilated area.
Figure B-3: Type III, Wearable
PFD Type IV, Throwable (Figure B-4) is required
in addition to the PFDs previously discussed. The
most common Type IV PFD is a buoyant cushion or
ring buoy. It is designed to be thrown to a person in
the water, grasped and held by the user until he or
she is rescued. A Type IV PFD should always be in
serviceable condition and immediately available for
use. Grasping this PFD may be difﬁcult if the rescue
is delayed or if the user is overcome by hypothermia
(loss of body heat).
Keep PFDs away from sharp objects which can
tear the fabric or puncture the ﬂoatation pads.
For their own safety and the safety of others, all
nonswimmers, poor swimmers, and small children
should wear PFDs at all times, whether the boat
is stationary or moving.
Check the PFD frequently to make sure that it is
not torn, that ﬂotation pads have no leaks, and that
all seams and joints are securely sewn.
If a PFD contains kapok, the kapok ﬁbers may
become waterlogged and lose their buoyancy
after the vinyl inserts are punctured. If the kapok
becomes hard or if it is soaked with water,
replace it. It may not work when you need it.
Figure B-4: Type IV, Throwable
E. Fire Extinguisher
PFD Type V, Wearable (Figure B-5) when inﬂated, it
provides buoyancy equivalent to Type I, II, or III PFDs.
When it is deﬂated, however, it may not support some
As the owner/operator of the boat, you are responsible
for supplying a ﬁre extinguisher approved by the US
Hand-held portable extinguisher(s) should be mount-
ed in a readily accessible location(s) away from the
engine compartment. All persons aboard should
know the location(s) and proper operation of the ﬁre
Figure B-5: Type V, Wearable
D. PFD Pointers
In case of ﬁre do not open the engine compart-
ment. Shut down engine(s), generator(s), and
blower(s). Discharge entire contents of ﬁxed
ﬁre suppression system, if equipped. If using
a portable CO2 ﬁre extinguisher, continuously
discharge entire contents. On European mod-
els, discharge contents through ﬁre port.
The purpose of a PFD is to help save your life.
If you want it to support you when you are in the
water, it needs to ﬁt, ﬂoat, and be in good condition.
Try the PFD on and adjust it until it ﬁts comfortably
in and out of the water. Mark your PFD if you are
the only wearer.
To make sure the PFD works, wear it in the water.
This will show you how it works and give you
conﬁdence when you use it.
Boating Safety - Section B
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