Mustang Survival Life Jacket MD3188 User manual

Mustang Survival Life Jacket MD3188 User manual
MANUFACTURER'S MANUAL
MD3188
United States Coast Guard Approvals:
- Type V Work Vest
- Type V Uninspected Commercial Vessels
- Type II Recreational PFD
inflatable personal flotation device
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Contents
Introduction..............................................................................................................................1
United States Coast Guard Approvals......................................................................1
Approval Conditions and Carriage Regulations........................................................................2
Conditions for Commercial Type V and/or Work Vest Approval in Commercial
Applications ............................................................................................................2
Mandatory Carriage Requirements..........................................................................3
Note to Commercial Vessel Operators......................................................................3
What is an Inflatable PFD?.......................................................................................................3
Instructions for Use...................................................................................................................3
Commercial Vessel Use ...........................................................................................3
Visual Inspection Instructions and Readiness Checklist ..........................................4
Donning Instructions ...............................................................................................5
Removal Instructions................................................................................................6
Inflating Your Inflatable PFD....................................................................................6
Usage Below Freezing .............................................................................................8
Deflating the Inflatable PFD.....................................................................................8
Re-arming Your PFD.................................................................................................8
Repacking Your PFD...............................................................................................11
Is Your PFD in Good and Serviceable Condition?...................................................13
Servicing Instructions for Commercial Operators...................................................13
Care and Maintenance instructions.......................................................................13
Commercial Training Content and Procedure..........................................................................17
Use.........................................................................................................................17
Maintenance..........................................................................................................17
Service Record and Inspection Log Procedure........................................................19
Why are PFDs Required Safety Equipment?............................................................................20
How and Why to Test Your PFD..............................................................................20
Hypothermia...........................................................................................................................22
How Hypothermia Affects Most Adults..................................................................23
Each of These Devices is Intended to Help You Save Your Life...............................24
Inflatable PFD Safety Accessories...........................................................................24
Additional information............................................................................................................24
Do Not Attach PFDs to Your Boat...........................................................................24
Airline Operator Policy on Carriage of Inflatable PFDs and CO2 Cartridges...........24
Glossary..................................................................................................................................25
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Introduction
This manual provides instructions and guidelines for safely using and maintaining the
Mustang Survival MD3188 Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD). It is strongly
recommended that users familiarize themselves with all the procedures presented in this
manual.
Full gear in-water testing is recommended to validate performance and to become familiar
with the use and feel of the PFD.
The MD3188 PFD provides flotation, helping to keep the head above water, to stay face up,
and to increase chances for survival and rescue. The PFD inflates automatically on submersion
using a hydrostatic inflator that significantly reduces the potential for accidental inflation due
to humidity, sea spray, or wet storage. The inflator must be submerged to activate.
The MD3188 PFD may also be inflated manually, prior to submersion, by pulling the manual
inflation handle.
The MD3188 PFD is designed to offer maximum mobility with minimum bulk. The MD3188
PFD is worn as a comfortable, slim collar that can be inflated at any time either automatically
(water immersion), manually (manual inflation handle), or orally (oral inflation tube).
Drowning is the leading cause of fatalities involving recreational and commercial vessels.
Most fatal accidents happen on calm sunny days, and in approximately 80 percent of all
boating fatalities, the victims were not wearing a PFD.
When worn, used, and serviced according to the instructions in this manual, Mustang Survival
MD3188 PFDs can greatly increase a user's chance of survival in the water.
United States Coast Guard Approvals
•
Type V work vest
•
Type V uninspected commercial vessels
•
Type II recreational PFD
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Approval Conditions and Carriage
Regulations
Commercial Vessels – Model MD3188 is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as a
Work Vest ONLY WHEN WORN under 46 CFR 160.053 for use on all inspected and uninspected
commercial vessels of any length. Not approved for “Hot Work”.
Uninspected Commercial Vessels – Model MD3188 is USCG-approved for use in
lieu of a Type II PFD under 46 CFR 160.064 on uninspected commercial vessels less than 40
feet in length not carrying passengers for hire as a substitute for a Type II PFD when used and
serviced in accordance with this manufacturer’s manual.
Conditions for Commercial Type V and/or Work Vest
Approval in Commercial Applications
1.
The MD3188 must be worn before getting underway and whenever above deck and not
within an enclosed space to meet the carriage requirement.
2.
The operator of a commercial vessel is responsible for servicing and maintaining the
MD3188 in good serviceable condition in accordance with this manufacturer’s manual.
See Care and Maintenance Instructions (page 13) for servicing information.
3.
The operator of a commercial vessel is responsible for providing each person onboard
with the safety information required for use of the MD3188. See Note to Commercial
Vessel Operators, page 3, for information.
4.
All inflatable PFDs in use aboard a commercial vessel must be the same manufacturer
and model or have the same method of operation. Hydrostatic inflation and pill or
bobbin type inflation do not qualify as the same method of operation.
Recreational Boats – Model MD3188 is approved by the USCG for use as a Type II
Personal Flotation Device (PFD). It is not approved for water skiing or other high impact, high
speed activities. This inflatable PFD was designed to be more comfortable and less restrictive
to wear than inherently buoyant PFDs. When worn, used, and serviced according to this
manufacturer's manual, this PFD can greatly increase your chances of survival in the water.
Not recommended for non-swimmers or weak swimmers. Users of
inflatable PFDs must be at least 16 years old.
General – When fully inflated, this Inflatable PFD will provide Type II in-water performance.
This Inflatable PFD will turn most wearers from a face down to a face up position and provide
support suitable for offshore conditions. This PFD must be in good and serviceable condition
including properly armed with a full CO2 cylinder, inflation system status indicator, and an
accessible manual inflation lanyard.
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Mandatory Carriage Requirements
Federal regulations in 33 CFR 175-1993 require you to carry USCG-approved personal
flotation devices (PFDs) legibly marked with the USCG-approval number which are in good
and serviceable condition and are the correct size for each person on board. To be considered
serviceable, this PFD shall not exhibit deterioration that could diminish its performance such
as broken or deformed hardware, detached webbing, rotted structural components, air leaks,
or nonfunctional oral inflation tube. This PFD must also be properly armed with a full CO2
cylinder, inflation system status indicator, and an accessible manual inflation lanyard. A PFD
which is "approved only when worn" or "required to be worn" must be worn under the
specified conditions.
Note to Commercial Vessel Operators
The operator of the vessel must note that this PFD is NOT approved for use by passengers
and is advised to tell passengers which PFDs are and are not suitable for their use during any
passenger safety orientation (reference 46 CFR 26.03-1 and 46 CFR 122.506).
What is an Inflatable PFD?
While traditional PFDs are inherently buoyant, inflatable PFDs rely entirely on inflation for
buoyancy. Uninflated, this Inflatable PFD is a comfortable slim collar that can be inflated at
any time with a 33-gram CO2 gas cylinder. The Inflatable PFD is designed to offer maximum
mobility with minimum bulk. The Inflatable PFD can be inflated either automatically by water
immersion, manually by jerking a pull-tab, or orally by mouth. It is recommended that you
familiarize yourself with the procedures outlined in Instructions for Use (page 3).
Instructions for Use
This manual supplies instructional, maintenance and safety information for model MD3188.
The PFD model number is listed on the underside label.
Commercial Vessel Use
This Inflatable PFD is not approved for “hot work”. Although the outer cover in the packed
condition is resistant to abrasion and puncture, care must be taken to avoid damage from
heat, abrasion, and sharp objects.
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Visual Inspection Instructions and Readiness Checklist
Before each use, perform a visual inspection and ensure each check box is checked.
Figure 1
FF Check that the single point status indicator is green.
•
E xamine the single point status indicator through the window panel of the
hydrostatic inflator (Figure 1 and 2). Ensure the indicator is green. If the indicator is
red, the mechanism has been fired or is incorrectly fitted (see Re-arming Your PFD,
page 8).
NOTE: The single point status indicator
must be green before proceeding.
Hydrostatic Inflator Cap
Water Inlet Valve
FF Check that the current date is not past the date on
the inflator.
•
If the current date is past the date on the
inflator, replace the inflator (see Re-arming Your
PFD, page 8).
Black Locking Ring
Yellow Inflator Cap
Cap/Locking Ring
Single
Point
Status
FF Check that the oral tube dust cap is in the stowed
position (Figure 7).
•
T o access the oral tube, use the Velcro™ tab
(Figure 1) to undo the zipper on the wearer’s left
side and unfold the inflatable cell.
Lanyard
Inflator
Body
Expiry
Date
Figure 2
Manual Inflation
Pull-tab
FF Check for damage to the device.
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•
Check for rips, tears, excessive abrasion, fading, or holes.
•
Check the seams for secure attachment.
•
Check the cell cover, straps, and hardware for strength.
•
Ensure the hardware is not deformed.
•
If the device shows damage, it may need servicing or replacement.
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FF Check that the inflation pull-tab is hanging on the outside (Figure 32).
•
If the pull-tab is not hanging on the outside, see Repacking Your PFD, page 11.
FF Check that all zippers, Velcro™ and waist buckle are securely fastened.
•
If zippers are opened, repack the device according to Repacking Your PFD, page 11.
•
Put on the inflatable PFD (see Donning Instructions, page 5).
FF Check that the inflatable PFD is not twisted.
•
Feel the device around your neck to ensure it is not twisted.
Your Inflatable PFD is ready for use if all boxes are checked.
NOTE: Contact your Mustang dealer if you have any concerns about the
readiness of your Inflatable PFD.
Sizing and Fit
This PFD provides a minimum of 33.7 lbs (150 N) of buoyancy when inflated and is designed
for wearers over 16 years of age, with a chest range of 30-52 inches (76-132 cm) weighing
over 80 pounds (36 kg).
Donning Instructions
It is important that the Inflatable PFD is properly adjusted to fit the person wearing it. An
incorrect fit or improper fastening of attachments could impede its effectiveness.
1.
All belts and straps are already threaded correctly and only need to be adjusted for fit.
The belt should fit below your rib cage, adjusted to a tight personal fit.
2.
Put the Inflatable PFD on just like a jacket (Figure 3) and fasten the front buckle.
Figure 3
WARNING: Loose vest or loose ends can kill or maim you.
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To secure loose ends:
3.
Adjust the waist belt for a snug fit using the side buckle on the belt.
4.
Reposition the plastic sliding loop as far back as possible to keep the free end from
hanging loose.
5.
Wrap and tuck any remaining loose strap around belt.
6.
Recheck loose ends and readjust as needed.
WARNING: Do not wear Inflatable PFDs under clothing as the inflation
could be restricted or you could be injured.
Removal Instructions
In some instances, quick removal of the PFD may be necessary for your safety.
Simply unfasten the front buckle, and remove the vest like a jacket.
In-water removal of your PFD may require deflation through the oral tube to access and open
the front buckle (see Deflating the Inflatable PFD, page 8).
Inflating Your Inflatable PFD
It is recommended that the following procedures be
followed to inflate your Inflatable PFD:
1.
Manual Inflation – Activate the inflation system
by jerking firmly downward on the pull-tab (Figure
4). The Inflatable PFD should fully inflate within 5
seconds.
2.
Automatic Backup Inflation – When
the inflator is lowered more than about
4 inches in the water, then the hydrostatic valve opens
and lets the water meet the water sensitive element
that in turn releases a stainless steel coil spring. The
spring then drives a needle into the end of the gas
cylinder, which is now punctured so that the gas
instantly fills the life jacket. Total buoyancy is normally
reached within 4-5 seconds.
Figure 4
Permeation Loss Information
Permeation loss is greater when the PFD is inflated with carbon dioxide (CO2 gas) than with
air. When inflated, the CO2 gas used to inflate the PFD will slowly escape through the fabric
over time. A slight reduction of pressure will be observed after several hours of inflation.
Topping up by oral inflation may be required in the event of prolonged immersion.
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Oral Inflation – Properly armed and inspected
Inflatable PFDs will inflate when manually or
automatically activated. However, you can fully inflate
the Inflatable PFD by mouth (Figure 5) should inflation
not occur, or if you are in a non-emergency situation.
To orally inflate the Inflatable PFD in a non-emergency
situation:
i.
E nsure the cylinder body and inflator cap are
properly installed.
ii.
pen both of the zippers (2) starting from the
O
Velcro™ Tab (Figure 1).
iii.
L ocate the oral inflation tube by opening the
wearer’s left front panel of the Inflatable PFD.
iv.
emove the dust cap from the end of the oral tube and blow into the tube until the
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Inflatable PFD is fully inflated.
Figure 5
To orally inflate the Inflatable PFD in an emergency situation:
i.
L ocate the oral inflation tube by opening the zipper flap on the wearer’s left front
panel of the inflatable PFD.
ii.
emove the dust cap from the oral tube and blow into the tube. If the PFD does
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not break out of the zippers entirely, separate the cover zipper by hand. Continue
blowing into the oral tube until the PFD is fully inflated.
WARNING: Avoid double inflation (CO2 cylinder inflation after full oral
inflation) as it could damage the PFD.
Special Considerations for Inflatable Devices
The Inflatable PFD might not be armed when needed, either knowingly or unknowingly.
Inadvertent inflation causes several risks that you must address to avoid drowning. Much less
common but also important are:
1.
Double inflation (CO2 cylinder inflation after full oral inflation) could damage the
Inflatable PFD.
2.
Inflation when stowed in a tight space could damage the Inflatable PFD.
3.
If you need to jump from any height, always fold your arms over your chest to keep the
PFD in place when entering the water.
4.
The Inflatable PFD could inflate when you are in an awkward place or position. If this
Inflatable PFD should inflate inadvertently, a re-arm kit (MA7214) is required to re-arm
the device.
IMPORTANT: The Inflatable PFD should be re-armed according to the
instructions (Re-arming Your PFD, page 8).
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Usage Below Freezing
When the temperature is below freezing, the Inflatable PFD should be worn partially inflated
because a fully discharged cylinder may not quickly or adequately inflate your Inflatable PFD.
If this happens, use the oral inflator to adequately top-up the PFD, after CO2 inflation.
WARNING: CO2 inflation could over-pressurize and damage your Inflatable
PFD if already fully inflated.
Deflating the Inflatable PFD
1.
To deflate the Inflatable PFD, reverse the oral-inflation
tube dust cap and insert it into the valve or depress
valve with fingertip. The dust cap will not lock in the
deflate position so it is necessary to hold it in place
(Figure 6).
2.
Gently squeeze the Inflatable PFD until all air or gas
has been expelled. To avoid damage, do not wring or
twist the Inflatable PFD. Put the inflation tube dust
cap back in its stowed position on the oral inflation
tube (Figure 7).
IMPORTANT: Ensure all air has been removed
from the PFD.
3.
Examine the single point status indicator (Figure 2).
If the indicator is red, the mechanism has been fired
and the inflator requires service (see Re-arming your
PFD, page 8).
IMPORTANT: The single point status indicator
must be green before proceeding.
4.
Cap In
Deflate
Position
Figure 6
Oral Inflator
Dust cap
in stowed
position
Dust cap
position for
deflation
Figure 7
Your device is ready to be repacked (see Repacking
Your PFD, page 11).
Re-arming Your PFD
NOTE: A valid re-arm kit (MA7214) is required for this procedure.
Warning
•
This gas cylinder is under pressure, therefore misuse can be dangerous.
•
Do not incinerate, expose to sunlight or store above 120°F (50°C).
•
Do not throw into open fire or dump at sea.
•
Keep away from children.
•
Dispose of gas cylinders only when empty.
•
Discharge and dispose of corroded or rusty cylinders.
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1.
Place the Inflatable PFD (Personal Flotation Device)
on a smooth, flat surface and wipe off any water. If
needed, unpack the PFD starting at the zipper flap.
Access the inflator by reaching between the cover and
cell and pull it toward you, turning the cell and cover
inside-out to fully expose the inflator for re-arming.
Hold the CO2 cylinder through the fabric, using one
hand (Figure 8).
2.
Insert the metal key between the black locking ring
and labeled yellow cap. Turn the key counter-clockwise
(Figure 9).
Figure 8
Locking Ring
3.
Key
Figure 9
Turn the black locking ring counter-clockwise and lift off the cap (yellow inflator
operating head Figure 10). Dispose of the used cap.
Cap
Figure 10
4.
Squeeze the sealing ring to elongate and remove the inflator body through the sealing
ring (Figure 11).
5.
Dispose of the used inflator body (Figure 12).
Red Indicator
Red Indicator
Inflator Body
Sealing Ring
Figure 11
Trash
Figure 12
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6.
Check that the new inflator body indicator is green. Insert the new inflator body with
CO2 cylinder pointing upward inside the Inflatable PFD (Figure13). Let the sealing ring
rest on the adapter around the four lugs.
7.
Now check the new manual/automatic cap as follows (Figure 14):
i.
Is the single point status indicator showing green?
ii.
Is the expiry day OK?
Green Indicator
CAUTION:
Do not turn
the center
shaft
Figure 13
Water
Inlet
Valve
Single
Point
Indicator
Figure 14
If YES is the answer to both questions, then proceed as follows. If the answer is NO to either
question, get a new cap.
8.
Hold the CO2 cylinder through the fabric of the Inflatable PFD (Figure 15). Position the
replacement cap with the water inlet valve pointing to the right and press firmly onto
the inflator body and sealing ring (Figure 16).
Figure 15
9.
Figure 16
While pressing FIRMLY onto the inflator body, turn the BLACK locking ring clockwise
into the locked position (Figure 17). Pull on the cap to make sure it has locked onto the
inflator body.
10. Check: To see that the single point status indicator on the cap is green; the pull-to-inflate
lanyard is present and that the locking ring is locked.
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11. Turn cell and cover right-side out, returning to normal state. Position the protective
inflator cap cover over the inflator body so that the single point status indicator is visible
through the inflator cap cover window (Figure 18).
Black
Locking
Ring
Lanyard
Figure 18
Figure 17
12. If your Inflatable PFD has been used and/or the inflator replaced, always inflate through
the oral tube and check that it stays inflated at least overnight. Empty the Inflatable PFD
again by reversing the oral-inflation tube dust cap and inserting it into the valve or by
depressing the valve with fingertip. Gently squeeze the inflatable PFD until all air or gas
has been expelled. Let the Inflatable PFD dry before packing.
IMPORTANT: Ensure all air is removed before repacking.
13. Refold the Inflatable PFD in accordance with the Repacking section (page 11).
Repacking Your PFD
If your Inflatable PFD has been used and/or the hydrostatic inflator replaced, always inflate
through the oral tube and check that it stays inflated at least overnight. With the dust cap
in the top of the oral tube, gently squeeze the Inflatable PFD until all air or gas has been
expelled (Figure 6). Do not wring or twist the Inflatable PFD. Put the oral tube dust cap back
in its stowed position on the oral tube (Figure 7). Let the life jacket dry before packing.
IMPORTANT: Ensure all air is removed before repacking. Before following
the repacking sequence, be sure to properly re-arm your Inflatable PFD,
page 8.
1.
Lay out the Inflatable PFD flat on a clean surface (Figure 19).
2.
Fold side (A) inward along the full length of the dotted line (Figure 20). Fold cover (B)
over; covering side (A) (Figure 21).
3.
Repeat step 2 with side (C) (Figure 22), cover (D)
(Figure 23).
4.
Ensure the inflator body is still located within its
protective cap cover and that the single point status
indicator is visible through the inflator cap cover’s
window (Figure 18).
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B
Figure 19
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5.
Fold over the top side (E) (Figure 24) and cover (F)
(Figure 25).
6.
Mustang Survival uses advanced 2-step zippers.
ZIP 1 -Reset the long zipper by pulling the slider
(G) around the top to the Velcro™ tab (H). ZIP 2
-Close by pulling the slider (G) in the opposite
direction to the end of the zipper (Figure 27). Ensure
that the Inflatable cell does not get caught by the
zipper when closing.
7.
A
B
Figure 20
Fasten the Velcro™ tab (H) (Figure 28) to keep zipper closed.
E
B
F
D
C
D
D
C
Figure 22
Figure 21
Figure 23
Figure 24
F
G
G
Figure 26
Figure 25
H
H
H
Figure 27
Figure 28
8.
ZIP 1 – Reset the short 2-step zipper by pulling the slider (I) to the Velcro™ tab (H). ZIP
2 – Close by pulling slider (I) in the opposite direction to the end of the zipper (Figure
30). Ensure that the inflatable cell does not get caught by the zipper when closing.
9.
Use a finger to push the zipper ends into the openings at the bottom of the packed
Inflatable PFD (Figure 31).
10. Ensure the pull-tab (J) is on the outside of the folded Inflatable PFD. Figure 32 depicts a
correctly folded Inflatable PFD.
H
H
I
Figure 29
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Figure 30
I
Figure 31
J
Figure 32
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Is Your PFD in Good and Serviceable Condition?
Check your Inflatable PFD between uses to be sure that it is properly armed; that it is free of
rips, tears or holes; that all seams are securely sewn; and that the fabric, straps and hardware
are still strong (See Visual Inspection Instructions and Readiness Checklist, page 4). Inspect
the Inflatable PFD in accordance with the Care and Maintenance instructions.
Servicing Instructions for Commercial Operators
Federal Regulations require Coast Guard-approved personal
flotation devices (PFDs) that are legibly marked with the Coast
Guard approval number, are in good and serviceable condition, and
are the correct size for each person on board.
It is the responsibility of the operator to be sure this PFD is in serviceable condition. To
be considered serviceable, this PFD shall not exhibit deterioration that could diminish its
performance, such as broken or deformed hardware, detached webbing, rotted structural
components, air leaks or nonfunctional oral inflation tube. This PFD must also be properly armed
with a cylinder installed in the inflator, a single point status indicator showing green, and an
accessible manual inflation lanyard. See page 3 for Instructions for Use.
Failure to follow these instructions rigorously could result in a non-functioning PFD causing
injury or death.
Care and Maintenance Instructions
These instructions apply to recreational users, commercial vessel operators, and designated
maintenance personnel. Check the following at the intervals listed below. Descriptions for
each test are given below the table:
INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Annually*
Every 5
Before Each After Each CO2 Every 3
(see item 4) Years (see
Inflation (see Months
Use (see
item 5)
(see item
item 2)
item 1)
3)
X
Visual Inspection and Readiness
Checklist
X
X
X
Thorough Inspection
X
Inspect date of Auto-Inflation
Mechanism
Recommended Test Auto-Inflation
X
X
X
Rearm – Replace CO2 cylinder and
inflator
X
X
X
Test Oral-Inflation
X
X
X
Leak Check – 16 hours
X
X
Clean
X
X
Record and date Service Record label
on PFD
*Perform more often if exposed to potential damage or used in extreme conditions.
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1.
Before each use:
i.
2.
3.
Refer to the Visual Inspection and Readiness Checklist (page 4).
After each CO2 inflation:
i.
e-arm the Inflatable PFD. See Re-arming Your PFD, page 8. If a rearm kit is not
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available, the inflatable PFD can only be activated by oral inflation with a used
cylinder and inflator cap installed.
ii.
If a rearm kit is available, ensure the current date is not past the date on the
inflator. If it is, replace the inflator (see Re-arming Your PFD, page 8).
Every three (3) months:
i.
Perform a thorough inspection:
•
E xamine the single point status indicator through the window panel. Ensure the
indicator is green. If the indicator is red, the mechanism requires service (see
Re-arming Your PFD, page 8).
•
E nsure the current date is not past the date on the inflator. If the current date is
past the date on the inflator, replace the inflator (see Re-arming Your PFD, page 8).
•
The inflator’s water inlet channel is clear of obstruction.
•
isually check for rips, tears, excessive abrasion, fading, or holes. Check the seams
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for secure attachment. Ensure the hardware is not deformed. If the device shows
damage, it may need servicing or replacement.
•
Tug on seams, straps, and attachments to ensure they are still strong.
ii.
ral Inflation Valve Test: To check the oral inflation valve, first ensure that the
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cylinder body and inflator cap are properly installed, and remove the dust cap and
fully inflate the Inflatable PFD using the oral inflator. Test the valve by pushing
it down using the tab provided on the cap. The valve should depress easily, and
when released it should automatically return to the closed position and reseal.
Fully inflate the PFD and hold the valve under water. If bubbles appear, deflate and
re-inflate to test again. Should the leak persist, take your Inflatable PFD to your
Mustang dealer for evaluation and/or servicing.
iii.
L eak Test: The Inflatable PFD should be tested for general leakage by orally inflating
your Inflatable PFD until firm and let stand for 16 hours. A leaking Inflatable PFD
will not hold its firmness and should be replaced, or take it to your Mustang
dealer for evaluation and/or servicing. Repack the Inflatable PFD as outlined in the
Repacking section (page 11).
CAUTION: To avoid inflation, don't submerge the hydrostatic inflator.
NOTE: Conduct these tests more often if exposed to potential damage or
used in extreme conditions.
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4.
Annually:
Perform the following annually, or whenever the integrity of the Inflatable PFD is in doubt:
5.
i.
P erform a thorough inspection. Refer to the Thorough Inspection instructions in
Every Three (3) Months Care and Maintenance Instructions section.
ii.
P erform the Oral Inflation Valve Test: See the Oral Inflation Valve Test in the Every
Three (3) Months Care and Maintenance Instructions section.
iii.
P erform the Leak Test. See the Leak Test in the Every Three (3) Months Care and
Maintenance Instructions section.
iv.
lean the inflatable PFD. Check for dirt and corrosion and replace all corroded
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parts. See Cleaning and Stowage of Your Inflatable PFD, page 16.
v.
ecord as an "Annual" inspection in permanent ink in the Service Record label on
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the PFD. Repack the Inflatable PFD as outlined in the Repacking section (page 11).
Every five (5) years:
i.
P erform a thorough inspection. Refer to the Thorough Inspection instructions in
Every Three (3) Months Care and Maintenance Instructions section.
ii.
T est the Auto-Inflation Mechanism (see Inflating your Inflatable PFD, page 6) by
submerging the device in at least four (4) inches of water depth. The device should
inflate within 5 seconds.
iii.
P erform the Oral Inflation Valve Test: See the Oral Inflation Valve Test in the Every
Three (3) Months Care and Maintenance Instructions section.
iv.
P erform the Leak Test. See the Leak Test in the Every Three (3) Months Care and
Maintenance Instructions section.
v.
lean the inflatable PFD. Check for dirt and corrosion and replace all corroded
C
parts. See Cleaning and Stowage of Your Inflatable PFD, page 11.
vi.
ecord as an “Annual” inspection in permanent ink in the Service Record label on
R
the PFD. Write an asterisk (*) next to the date to mark each five (5) year inspection.
Re-arm and repack the Inflatable PFD as outlined in the Re-arming (page 8) and Repacking
sections (page 11).
WARNING: If you are not confident in the self-inspection and servicing
of your Inflatable PFD in accordance with these instructions, take your
Inflatable PFD to a Mustang dealer for professional servicing or contact
Mustang Survival (see contact information on back of manual).
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Cleaning and Stowage of Your Inflatable PFD
To avoid inflation, do not submerge the Inflatable PFD or directly spray the inflator.
•
Hand wash or sponge down the Inflatable PFD in warm, soapy water.
•
Rinse the PFD and inflator with clean water, using a clean rinse cloth. Do not get inflator
wet.
•
Hang the Inflatable PFD to dry on a plastic coat hanger.
•
Do not dry clean.
•
Do not use chlorine bleach.
•
Do not iron or dry with direct heat.
Always store your Inflatable PFD in a warm, dry place out of direct sunlight.
Determine if Your PFD Needs Servicing
Your PFD is required to be serviceable to be considered approved. To be considered
serviceable, your PFD must not exhibit:
•
Excessive abrasion
•
Fading
•
Tearing of any of the fabrics or straps
•
Excessively worn components
•
Contaminated components
•
Punctures
•
Rotted or cut straps
•
Separated seams and webbing attachments – tug on the seams and ensure the
components do not separate
•
Broken or deformed hardware
•
A nonfunctioning oral tube – perform the Oral Inflation Valve Test in the “Care and
Maintenance Instructions” section under “Every Three (3) Months”, and check for
punctures in the tube itself
•
A leaking cell – perform the Leak Test as specified in the “Care and Maintenance
Instructions” section under “Every Three (3) Months”
If your PFD exhibits any of the above, contact your Mustang dealer for professional servicing
or Mustang Survival (see contact information on the back of this manual).
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Commercial Training Content and Procedure
This training section is provided, for the use of operational crews, to relay important
information on the safe use and care of an inflatable work vest. A user of this device must
be over 16 years of age, with a chest range of 30-52 inches (76-132 cm) weighing over 80
pounds (36 kg).
This section will detail what a user needs to know to use this inflatable work vest (and
maintain it if designated to do so). The following information should be read by each user to
ensure understanding of how this inflatable PFD works. (Operators may wish to designate
certain individuals to maintain the PFDs.)
Use
•
How to inspect the device prior to use
•
Inflation methods
•
How to don the device
•
How to remove the device
•
Deflation
•
Stowage
•
User warnings and cautions
Maintenance
•
Re-arming
•
Repacking
•
Maintenance and Care
Depending on the application, it is each user’s and each operator’s responsibility to ensure
the inflatable work vest is fit for use and is serviceable. This vest is designed to be more
comfortable and less restrictive to wear than a foam vest, but it will not float you
unless inflated.
The MD3188 features Hydrostatic Inflator Technology (HIT)™, which reduces instances of
inadvertent inflation due to moisture or spray. The inflator must be submerged in at least four
(4) inches of water before it automatically inflates. See “How to Inspect the Device Prior to
Use” to ensure it will inflate as anticipated in an emergency situation.
How to inspect the Device Prior to Use
Read the Visual Inspection Instructions and Readiness Checklist on page 4.
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Inflation Methods
Read Inflating your Inflatable PFD on page 6. This section details the three recommended
methods to inflate the device to provide buoyancy to the user. Additionally, read the section
entitled How and Why to Test your PFD, page 20.
How to Don the Device
Read Donning Instructions on page 5 to learn how to don the device without hanging loose
ends, which are a snag hazard.
How to Remove the Device
Read Removal Instructions on page 6. to learn how to remove the Inflatable Work Vest
quickly.
Deflation
Read Deflating the Inflatable PFD on page 8. to learn how to remove the gas or air from the
PFD once it has been inflated.
Stowage
Read Cleaning and Stowage of Your Inflatable PFD, page 16.
User Warnings and Cautions
•
Always wear your PFD when underway unless you are inside a cabin. This is a
requirement for commercial approval and is strongly advised for all users.
•
This inflatable PFD must be worn and be serviceable to satisfy work vest requirements.
•
Weak or non-swimmers should not use this device. In the case when oral inflation is the
only means to obtain flotation, a user must be able to keep their head above water long
enough to orally inflate the device.
•
Do not use below freezing unless partially inflated. When the temperature is below
freezing, a fully discharged cylinder may not quickly or adequately inflate your Inflatable
PFD. Under these conditions use the oral inflator to adequately top-up the PFD, after CO2
inflation.
•
Do not fasten device to boat unless the attachment is capable of being pulled free, such
as a kill switch.
•
Do not wear this device under clothing, as inflation under clothing will restrict breathing
or may otherwise injure you.
•
Always have re-arm kits (MA7214) available to service your inflatable work vest.
•
Check the date of the Inflator cap to ensure it has not expired.
•
If you need to jump from any height, always fold your arms over your chest to keep the
PFD in place when entering the water.
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•
Avoid unnecessary exposure to sunlight. Sunlight will degrade the performance of the
textile components.
•
Use extreme caution around sharp objects.
•
Avoid all unnecessary activities that will be abrasive to the device.
•
When inflated by CO2 gas, it will permeate through the fabric over long periods of time.
Topping up the inflatable cell by oral tube may be necessary.
•
Inflatable PFDs are not designed for use in white water, or other high-speed activities.
•
A PFD will not protect you from impact.
•
Dropping this PFD in water may result in an inadvertent inflation.
•
Inadvertent inflation in a tight space may damage the PFD.
Re-arming
Read Re-arming Your PFD on page 8.
Repacking
Read Repacking Your PFD on page 11.
Care and Maintenance
A recommended maintenance schedule is provided in the Care and Maintenance Instructions
section on page 13.
Service Record and Inspection Log Procedure
Test this device at the beginning of each season and service annually. Refer to Care and
Maintenance schedule page 13. Record annual inspections in the Service Record label on
the PFD. Every five (5) years, write an asterisk (*) next to the date to denote five (5)-year
maintenance (example log is shown below). Space is provided on the label to record the
User’s Name, Date Maintained, and Name of person who inspected and serviced the PFD. This
record must be maintained and made available at all times for inspection to meet carriage
requirements.
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Example Log
Date
Service / Initials
Jan 2005
Ann. inspec. / CS
Jan 2006
Ann. inspec. / CS
Jan 2007
Ann. inspec. / DB
Jan 2008
Ann. inspec. / DB
Jan 2009*
Ann. inspec. / SG
Jan 2010
Ann. inspec. / SG
Jan 2011
Ann. Inspec / SG
Why are PFDs Required Safety Equipment?
Drowning is the leading cause of fatalities involving recreational and commercial vessels. A
PFD provides flotation to help keep your head above water, help you to stay face up in the
water, and increase your chances for survival and rescue. Most adults only need an extra 7 to
12 lbs (3.2 to 5.5 kg pounds) of flotation to keep their heads above water. The proper size PFD
will properly support the weight of the wearer.
Since this Inflatable PFD does not have inherent buoyancy, it provides flotation only when
inflated. Familiarize yourself with the use of this Inflatable PFD so you know what to do in an
emergency.
How and Why to Test Your PFD
Inflate your Inflatable PFD and try it out in the water to:
Make sure it floats you:
•
Comfortably (when worn properly)
•
Adequately for expected wave conditions (body shapes / densities affect performance)
Make sure it works:
•
A flow of bubbles should not appear (see Care and Maintenance Instructions for Leak
Tests, page 14). It should inflate quick and easily.
Learn how it works by:
•
Activating the CO2 inflation system
•
Re-arming the CO2 inflation system
•
Using the Oral inflator tube
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How Do You Test Your PFD Using the Automatic Inflator?
The US Coast Guard recommends that you purchase at least two spare re-arming kits
(MA7214).
1.
To test your Inflatable PFD, you will need your fully armed Inflatable PFD, and re-arming
kit (MA7214) approved for your Inflatable PFD.
2.
Put on the Inflatable PFD.
3.
Get into shallow water, just deep enough that you can stand with your head above the
surface. Once the inflator is underwater, 4 inches or so, the Inflatable PFD should fully
inflate automatically within 5 seconds.
4.
See if the Inflatable PFD will float you on your back or just slightly back of vertical. In a
relaxed floating position, verify that your mouth is well above the water’s surface. Note
the effect of where you hold your legs on how you float.
5.
Get out of the water and remove the Inflatable PFD.
6.
Deflate the Inflatable PFD by depressing the oral inflator valve (see Deflating the
Inflatable PFD page 8). Remove the used inflator.
7.
Let the Inflatable PFD dry thoroughly. Re-arm (page 8) and Repack the PFD (page 11).
How Do You Test Your PFD Using the Manual Inflator?
The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that you purchase at least two spare re-arming kits
(MA7214).
1.
To test your Inflatable PFD, you will need your fully armed Inflatable PFD, and re-arming
kit approved for your Inflatable PFD: MA7214.
2.
Put on the Inflatable PFD.
3.
Actuate the inflation system by jerking firmly downward on the pull-tab. The Inflatable
PFD should fully inflate within 5 seconds.
4.
Get into shallow water, just deep enough that you can stand with your head above the
surface.
5.
See if the Inflatable PFD will float you on your back or just slightly back of vertical. In a
relaxed floating position, verify that your mouth is well above the water’s surface. Note
the effect of where you hold your legs and how you float.
6.
Get out of the water and remove the Inflatable PFD. Completely deflate the Inflatable
PFD using the oral inflator (see Deflating the Inflatable PFD page 8).
7.
Let the Inflatable PFD dry thoroughly. Re-arm (page 8) and Repack the PFD (page 11).
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How Do You Test Your PFD Using the Oral Inflator?
WARNING: Use only a previously used hydrostatic inflator, with the single
point status indicator showing red, to perform this test. DO NOT test with
a fully armed hydrostatic inflator as double inflation will occur, possibly
resulting in damage to the PFD.
1.
No spare parts or re-arming kits are needed to test your Inflatable PFD.
2.
Review the oral inflation instructions (page 7) regarding break-out zippers.
3.
Put on the Inflatable PFD.
4.
Get into shallow water, just deep enough that you can stand with your head above the
surface.
5.
If you are a weak swimmer or non-swimmer, inflate the Inflatable PFD partially so
that you are supported well enough to be able to complete inflation without touching
bottom, either orally or manually. Note this level of inflation because it is the minimum
needed for you to safely use this Inflatable PFD.
6.
Fully inflate the Inflatable PFD using the oral inflator.
7.
See if the Inflatable PFD will float you on your back or just slightly back of vertical. In a
relaxed floating position, verify that your mouth is well above the water’s surface. Note
the effect of where you hold your legs and how you float.
8.
Get out of the water and remove the Inflatable PFD. Completely deflate the Inflatable
PFD using the oral inflator (see Deflating the Inflatable PFD page 8).
9.
Let the Inflatable PFD dry thoroughly. Re-arm (page 8) and Repack the PFD (page 11).
Wear Your PFD
In approximately 80 percent of all boating fatalities, the victims were not wearing a PFD. Most
fatal accidents happen on calm sunny days. This Inflatable PFD is much more comfortable to
wear than other PFD types. Get into the habit of wearing this Inflatable PFD. Non-swimmers
and children especially should wear a hybrid or non-Inflatable PFD at all times when on or
near the water.
Hypothermia
Prolonged exposure to cold water causes a condition known as hypothermia - a substantial
loss of body heat, which leads to exhaustion and unconsciousness. Most drowning victims
first suffer from hypothermia. The following chart shows the effects of hypothermia.
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How Hypothermia Affects Most Adults
Water Temperature
ºC (ºF)
Time to Exhaustion or
Unconsciousness
Estimated Survival Time
0.3 (32.5)
<15 min
<15-45 min
0.3-4 (32.5-40)
15-30 min
30-90 min
4-10 (40-50)
30-60 min
1-3 hrs
10-16 (50-60)
1-2 hrs
1-6 hrs
16-21 (60-70)
2-7 hrs
2-40 hrs
21-27 (70-80)
2-12 hrs
3 hrs to indefinite
>27 (80)
indefinite
indefinite
PFDs can increase survival time because they allow you to float without using energy treading
water and because of their insulating properties. Naturally, the warmer the water, the less
insulation you will require. When operating in cold waters [below 60°F (15.6°C)] you should
consider using a coat or jacket style PFD or a Type V Thermal Protective PFD as they cover
more of the body than the vest or belt style PFDs.
Some points to remember about hypothermia protection:
1.
Always wear your Inflatable PFD. Even if you become incapacitated due to hypothermia,
the Inflatable PFD will keep you afloat and greatly improve your chances of rescue.
2.
Do not attempt to swim unless it is to reach a nearby craft, fellow survivor, or a floating
object on which you can lean or climb. Swimming increases the rate of body heat loss.
In cold water, drown-proofing methods that require putting your head in the water are
not recommended. Keep your head out of the water. This will greatly lessen heat loss and
increase your survival time.
3.
Use the standard H.E.L.P. position when wearing an Inflatable PFD, drawing the legs up
to a seated position, because doing so will help you conserve body heat (Figure 33).
4.
Keep a positive attitude about your survival and rescue.
This will improve your chances of extending your
survival time until rescued. Your will-to-live does make a
difference!
5.
H.E.L.P. Position
If there is more than one person in the water, huddling
is recommended while waiting to be rescued. This action
tends to reduce the rate of heat loss and thus increase the
survival time.
Figure 33
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Each of These Devices is Intended to Help You Save Your
Life
For your Inflatable PFD to function properly, follow these suggestions to verify that it fits,
floats, and remains in good condition.
1.
Check the single point status indicator before each use.
2.
Get in the habit of re-arming the inflation mechanism right after each inflation.
3.
Try your wearable Inflatable PFD on and adjust it until it fits comfortably in and out of
the water.
4.
Mark your Inflatable PFD with your name if you are the only wearer.
5.
Do not alter your Inflatable PFD. If it doesn’t fit properly, get one that does. An altered
device is no longer Coast Guard approved.
6.
Your Inflatable PFD is not intended for use as a fender or kneeling pad.
7.
If your Inflatable PFD is wet, allow it to dry thoroughly before storing it. Store it in a
well-ventilated area.
8.
Do not dry your Inflatable PFD in front of a radiator or other source of direct heat.
Inflatable PFD Safety Accessories
MA7214 Re-arm Kit contains 33-gram replacement CO2 cylinder with inflator body, a new
manual/automatic inflator cap with black locking ring and manual pull-tab, metal key, and
Re-arming instructions.
Additional information
If you need more information about PFDs and safe boating, contact your state boating
authority, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, Red Cross, or your nearest unit of
the U.S. Coast Guard; or call the free boating course number 1-800-336-BOAT (in Virginia, call
1-800-245-BOAT).
Do Not Attach PFDs to Your Boat
Each PFD has straps, hooks, buckles, or other means for securing the device in place on the
wearer. Some PFDs also incorporate decorative d-rings or tabs. Such items are not to be used
to attach the device to the boat. Attaching the device to the boat will not permit it to perform
as intended.
Airline Operator Policy on Carriage of Inflatable PFDs
and CO2 Cartridges
Please be aware that the following regulations apply to the air transport of this product.
According to U.S. Research and Special Programs Administration Regulations Title 49 CFR
75.10(a)(25): With the approval of the aircraft operator, one small carbon dioxide cylinder
fitted into a self-inflating jacket, plus one spare cartridge, may be carried by a passenger or
crew in checked or carry-on baggage.
Please refer to the governing body’s documentation, found online at http://hazmat.dot.gov.
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Glossary
Term
Definition
CO2
carbon dioxide
Hot Work
burning, welding, riveting, grinding, etc.
Permeation
passage or diffusion of a gas through a barrier
PFD
Personal Flotation Device
USCG
United States Coast Guard
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