MD5183 ELITE™ INFLATABLE PFD

MD5183 ELITE™ INFLATABLE PFD
MD5183
ELITE™ INFLATABLE PFD
Hydrostatic Inflation Model
Manual with Automatic Backup
USCG Approvals:
Recreational: Type III
Uninspected Commercial Vessels: Type V
DO NOT REMOVE PRIOR TO SALE
HT1172 (Rev27Aug2014)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
APPROVAL CONDITIONS AND CARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS.................. 1
Note to uninspected commercial vessel operators........................... 1
Mandatory Carriage Requirements................................................. 2
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE..................................................................... 3
Getting to know your PFD.............................................................. 3
Uninspected Commercial Vessel Use............................................... 4
Is your PFD in good and serviceable condition................................ 4
PUTTING ON YOUR INFLATABLE PFD................................................... 5
INFLATING YOUR PFD ........................................................................ 6
Automatically inflating your PFD..................................................... 6
Manually inflating your PFD............................................................ 6
Orally inflating your PFD................................................................. 6
Deflating your PFD......................................................................... 7
RE-ARMING YOUR INFLATABLE PFD.................................................... 8
RE-PACKING YOUR INFLATABLE PFD................................................. 11
USAGE BELOW FREEZING [32OF / 0OC].............................................. 14
CARE AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS....................................... 14
Inspecting your inflatable PFD....................................................... 14
Servicing instructions for UCV operators....................................... 15
CLEANING AND STORING YOUR PFD................................................ 15
HOW AND WHY TO TEST YOUR PFD................................................ 16
How to test your PFD using the automatic inflator....................... 16
How to test your PFD using the manual inflator........................... 17
How to test your PFD using the oral inflation tube....................... 17
WHY ARE PFDS REQUIRED SAFETY EQUIPMENT............................... 18
WEAR YOUR PFD.............................................................................. 18
THESE DEVICES ARE INTENDED TO HELP SAVE YOUR LIFE................ 19
HYPOTHERMIA................................................................................. 19
DO NOT ATTACH PFDS TO YOUR BOAT............................................ 21
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION............................................................. 21
APPROVAL CONDITIONS AND CARRIAGE
REQUIREMENTS
This inflatable PFD is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for use as a
Recreational Type III Personal Flotation Device (PFD) or a Commercial
Type V (only when worn). 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
owner’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.
Conditions for Type V Approval in commercial applications
1. 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 an uninspected commercial vessel is responsible
for servicing and maintaining the PFD in good serviceable
condition in accordance with this owner’s manual. See "Care and
Maintenance Instructions" on page 14 for servicing information.
3. The operator of an uninspected commercial vessel is responsible
for providing each person onboard with the safety information
required for use of the MD5183. See "Instructions for Use" on
page 3 for information.
Commercial – Model MD5183 is a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type V
inflatable PFD, approved ONLY WHEN WORN for use on uninspected
commercial vessels less than 40 feet in length not carrying passengers
for hire as a substitute for a Type III PFD when used in accordance
with this owner’s manual.
NOTE TO UNINSPECTED COMMERCIAL VESSEL OPERATORS
The operator of the vessel is required to provide the following User
Information to each person on board during a passenger safety
orientation (reference 46 CFR 122.506).
Inflatable PFD’s will not provide any buoyancy without being inflated.
Follow these instructions to be sure your PFD is armed and donned
correctly, and that you understand how to inflate the device.
Basic Visual Examination – See "Inspecting your Inflatable PFD Before Each Use" on page 14.
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Inflation System and CO2 Cylinder Check – See "Inspecting your
Inflatable PFD - Before Each Use" on page 14.
Donning Instructions – See "Putting on your Inflatable PFD" on
page 5.
Inflation Instructions – See "Inflating your PFD" on page 6.
Other Use Guidelines:
1. 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.
2. If you need to jump from any height, always fold arms over your
chest to keep the PFD in place when entering the water.
3. Avoid all unnecessary activities that will be abrasive to the device.
4. Use extreme caution around sharp objects.
5. Avoid unnecessary exposure to the sunlight (see "Cleaning and
Storing your PFD" on page 15).
6. CO2 gas from cylinder will permeate through the chamber fabric
over time. If you are in the water for a long time, it may be
necessary to orally inflate the inflatable PFD until firm, by blowing
air into the oral tube.
7. Inflatable PFDs are not designed for activities in which the wearer
expects to encounter impact with the water at a high speed such
as water skiing, riding personal watercraft, etc.
8. Inflatable PFDs are not designed for white water activities.
9. Dropping this PFD into the water will result in an inadvertent
inflation.
MANDATORY CARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS:
Federal regulations in 33 CFR 175-1993 require you to carry Coast
Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) legibly marked with
the Coast Guard 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. Unless worn, 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
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FIG. 1
ELITE INFLATABLE PFD
Hanging Loop
Back Panel
SecureZip
Closure
Inflator Pull
Handle
Oral Inflation
Tube (inside)
Hydrostatic
Inflator
Stretch
Tabs
Side Adjuster
Side Adjuster
Front Closure
Zipper Garage
“approved only when worn” or ”required to be worn” must be worn
under the specified conditions.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR PFD
As with any safety equipment, it is important to take the time to get
to know your new PFD. Practice putting on your PFD, familiarize
yourself with re-arming and repacking, and know how it will perform.
To create buoyancy in your PFD, it can be inflated with either CO2
gas using the inflator, or can be inflated with air using the oral tube.
Inflating your PFD with CO2 can happen either automatically when
you fall into the water, or manually by using the pull handle. The
advantage of inflating with CO2 is that it is quick and does not require
a lot of effort from the wearer. The disadvantage is that you need to
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re-arm your PFD before you can
inflate it with CO2 again
(see "Re-Arming your inflatable
PFD" on page 8).
Inflating your PFD with air is
done by blowing air into the oral
inflation tube. The advantage of
inflating your PFD this way is that
you do not need to re-arm your
PFD when you are finished using it.
The disadvantages are that it takes
longer to inflate your PFD, and
you are at risk of double inflation.
For details on double inflation see
page 6.
FIG. 2
HYDROSTATIC INFLATOR CAP
Black Locking
Ring
Water Inlet Valve
Inflator
Replacement Date
Yellow Inflator Cap
Single
Point
Status
Indicator
Lanyard
Inflator Pull
Handle
For instructions on inflating your PFD (see "Inflating your PFD" on
page 6). It is important to check the inflator on your PFD on a
regular basis to make sure that it is ready to go in case you need it.
You can easily tell if the inflator is ready to go by checking the Status
Indicator (Fig. 2). If it’s green, your CO2 cylinder is full and your PFD
is properly armed. If it’s red, the CO2 cylinder is empty and your PFD
needs to be re-armed (see "Re-Arming your inflatable PFD" on
page 8).
UNINSPECTED COMMERCIAL VESSEL USE
This inflatable PFD is not approved for “hot work” and care must be
taken to avoid damage from abrasion and sharp objects.
IS YOUR PFD IN GOOD AND SERVICEABLE CONDITION?
Check your PFD between outings 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. Inspect
the inflatable portion of your PFD in accordance with the Care and
Maintenance Instructions (see "Care and Maintenance Instructions"
on page 14).
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PUTTING ON YOUR INFLATABLE PFD
FIG. 3
It is important that your inflatable PFD is properly adjusted to fit your
body shape. An incorrect fit could result in poor performance. All
belts and straps are already threaded correctly and only need to be
adjusted to a tight personal fit.
10. Put the inflatable PFD on just like a jacket, and then fasten the
front buckle (Fig. 3).
11. Adjust the left and right waist belt one at a time by pulling the
free ends of the webbing upwards and towards your back.
12. Continue to equally adjust
the left and right waist belts
until there is no slack in the
webbing, and there is no
movement of the PFD on your
body.
FIG. 4
13. To ensure your PFD is tight
enough, pinch each side of the
waist belt. If you can pinch
the waist belt together (Fig. 4),
it is not tight enough. Continue
to adjust the left and right
waist belts.
IMPORTANT: Do not wear inflatable PFDs under
clothing as the inflation could be restricted or you
could be injured.
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INFLATING YOUR PFD
AUTOMATICALLY INFLATING YOUR PFD
Automatic inflation will occur when the inflator is submerged in more
than 4 inches in the water.
MANUALLY INFLATING YOUR PFD
To manually activate the inflation system, firmly grasp the pull handle
(Fig. 5) and quickly pull away from the body until the inflator activates.
FIG. 5
FIG. 6
ORALLY INFLATING YOUR PFD
To orally inflate your PFD, first access the oral inflation tube by
opening the cover on your left side, starting at the top. Grasp the
tube, pull it towards your mouth, and blow into the tube to inflate
(Fig. 6). A valve will automatically open and close during inflation to
prevent air leakage
IMPORTANT: DOUBLE INFLATION
DO NOT MANUALLY ACTIVATE THE INFLATOR WHEN
YOUR PFD IS FILLED WITH AIR. Doing so will result in
excessively high pressure within the inflation chamber,
which may cause permanent damage. When your
PFD is completely filled with air, the inflator may not
automatically inflate when exposed to water.
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DEFLATING YOUR PFD
1. To deflate your inflatable PFD, reverse the oral inflation tube dust
cap and insert it into the valve (Fig. 8). The dust cap will not lock
the valve in the deflate position so it is necessary to hold it in
place.
2. Gently squeeze your inflatable PFD until all air or CO2 has been
expelled.
3. Return the oral inflation tube dust cap to its stowed position on
the oral inflation tube (Fig. 8).
FIG. 8
FIG. 7
Cap In
Deflate
Position
Oral Inflation Tube
Dust cap
in stowed
position
Dust cap
in deflation
position
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RE-ARMING YOUR
INFLATABLE PFD
FIG. 9
To re-arm your PFD, you will
need Mustang Survival's Re-Arm
Kit MA5183, which includes the
Inflator Removal Key (A), the
Inflator Body & Cylinder (B), and
the Inflator Cap & Pull Handle (C)
(Fig. 9).
Status Indicator
C
B
A
1. Check that the status indicator
is green on both the cap and
body. If not green, you will be
unable to re-arm.
2. Place your PFD on a flat
surface so that the inflator is
facing up and wipe off any
water. Pass the pull handle
back through the button hole
so it is on the same side as the
inflator.
3. Insert the Inflator Removal Key
between the yellow inflator cap
and the black locking ring
(Fig. 10), and turn counter
clockwise. The black ring will
rotate counter clockwise behind
the yellow inflator cap (Fig. 11).
4. Turn the black locking ring
fully counter clockwise and
pull the inflator cap off the
bladder (Fig. 12, Fig. 13).
Discard.
5. Squeeze the sealing ring to
elongate and remove the black
inflator body and cylinder from
inside the bladder (Fig. 14).
Discard (Fig. 15).
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FIG. 10
Locking Ring
Key
FIG. 11
FIG. 12
FIG. 13
FIG. 14
FIG. 15
Red Indicator
Red Indicator
Inflator Body
Sealing Ring
Trash
FIG. 16
FIG. 17
Green Indicator
CAUTION:
Do not turn the
center shaft
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6. Check that the new inflator
body indicator is green. Insert
the black inflator body and
cylinder into the bladder
(Fig. 16). Align the cylinder
with the outline printed on
the bladder (Fig. 17). Ensure
that the inflator body is evenly
contacting the sealing ring.
7. Check that the new inflator
cap has a green status
indicator and that the expiry
date is ok. If indicator is red
or expiry date is not ok, get a
new re-arm kit.
FIG. 18
FIG. 19
8. While holding the CO2 cylinder
through the bladder fabric,
align the new inflator cap on
the inflator body (Fig. 18) with
the water inlet valve pointing
to the right, press down
FIRMLY, and rotate the BLACK
locking ring clockwise behind
the yellow inflator cap. The
black ring will click into place
(Fig. 19). Pull on the cap to
ensure that it is securely locked
into the inflator body.
9. Pass the inflator pull handle
through the button hole,
and secure the ends into the
stretch tabs (Fig. 20), taking
care not to pull the lanyard
and inadvertently inflate your
PFD.
10. Repack your PFD (see
"Re-Packing your inflatable
PFD" on page 11).
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FIG. 20
RE-PACKING YOUR
INFLATABLE PFD
FIG. 21
Before repacking your PFD, and
especially after re-arming, make
sure there is no residual air in
the bladder. It is important that
all of the air has been removed
from the bladder, or you may have
difficulties properly packing your
PFD (see "Deflating your PFD"
on page 7). In extreme cases,
performance may be affected.
1. Extend both sides of the waist
belt to the maximum position,
and lay your PFD on a smooth,
flat surface (Fig. 21).
FIG. 22
2. Starting on the side with the
inflator, fold the outside edge
in towards the middle so that
the curves at the neck meet
(Fig. 22).
3. Fold the inside edge back
towards the outside of the
PFD, so that the inflator is now
sitting on top (Fig. 23). Pass
the pull handle through the
button hole and secure the
ends in the stretch tabs.
FIG. 23
4. Fold the outer cover over the
bladder, and secure the top
with the Velcro tabs (Fig. 24).
5. Fold the bottom edge of the
bladder up (Fig. 25).
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6. Reset the zipper by pulling the
slider from the zipper garage
to the top of the zipper, and
close the zipper by returning
the slider to the bottom and
tucking into the zipper garage
(Fig. 26).
FIG. 24
7. Repeat steps 2-6 on the left
side (Fig. 27).
8. Fold the top edge of the
bladder down once (Fig. 28),
tuck corners under the cover,
and fold the sides over
(Fig. 29). Fold the cover flap
down and secure with Velcro
strip (Fig. 30).
FIG. 25
9. Ensure pull handle ends are
secured into the stretch tabs
(Fig. 31), and ensure that the
single point status indicator
on the inflator cap is visible
through the window.
FIG. 26
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FIG. 27
FIG. 28
FIG. 29
FIG. 30
FIG. 31
FIG. 32
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USAGE BELOW FREEZING [32OF / 0OC]
If you choose to use your PFD below freezing, performance will not
be as expected. Below freezing, a discharged cylinder may not fully
inflate your PFD to the intended pressure. You will need to rely on
your back up oral inflation system to adjust the internal pressure
to achieve adequate buoyancy (see "Orally inflating your PFD" on
page 6).
CARE AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
It is important to care for and maintain your inflatable PFD in order to
ensure it will perform as designed when you need it. To keep a record
of the inspections performed on your PFD, use the label provided
under the back flap. If you are not confident in the self-inspection and
servicing of your inflatable PFD in accordance with these instructions,
contact Mustang Survival customer service.
INSPECTING YOUR INFLATABLE PFD
Before Each Use:
o Examine the single point status indicator ensuring it is green.
If the indicator is red, your PFD needs to be re-armed (see
"Re-Arming your inflatable PFD" on page 8).
o
Ensure the manual pull-handle is properly stowed in the
stretch tabs.
o
Visually examine your inflatable PFD for damage or excessive
abrasion, wear, tear and/or contamination. If any item shows
signs of damage, perform tasks listed in "Every Six (6) Months"
inspection details.
Every Six (6) Months:
In addition to the inspections specified for before each use, perform
the following at least every 6 months, or more often if exposed to
potential damage or used in extreme conditions.
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Leak Test: Your Inflatable PFD should be tested for leakage by
inflating with air until firm and leaving it to stand for at least
2 hours in a temperature controlled environment. A leaking
Inflatable PFD will not remain firm and should be replaced. If
your Inflatable PFD leaks, contact Mustang Survival
customer service.
Annually:
In addition to the inspections specified for every six months, perform
the following at the beginning of each boating season or whenever
the integrity of your inflatable PFD is in doubt:
o
Thoroughly check all components for dirt and/or corrosion. Clean
or replace, as necessary. If any item shows signs of damage,
perform inspections listed in "Every Six (6) Months" inspection
details. If in doubt, contact Mustang Survival customer service.
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Ensure the current date is not past the date on the inflator. If it
is, replace the inflator (see "Re-Arming your inflatable PFD" on
page 8).
SERVICING INSTRUCTIONS FOR UCV OPERATORS
It is the responsibility of the operator to be sure this PFD is in
serviceable condition. Reference Mandatory Carriage Requirements
on page 2. This PFD must also be properly armed with status
indicator showing Green on both the inflator cap and body.
(see "Re-Arming your inflatable PFD" on page 8).
CLEANING AND STORING YOUR PFD
To clean your inflatable PFD, hand wash or sponge down in warm,
soapy water, taking care not to submerge the inflator. Rinse your
PFD with clean water, and hang to dry on a plastic coat hanger. Do
not dry-clean, use chlorine bleach, or apply direct heat. Always store
your fully dried PFD in a warm, dry, well ventilated place out of direct
sunlight.
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HOW AND WHY TO TEST YOUR PFD
Inflate your PFD and try it out in the water to:
1. Make sure it floats you:
- Comfortably (When worn properly)
- Adequately for expected wave conditions
(Body shapes/densities affect performance)
2. Make sure it works:
- A flow of bubbles should not appear (see "Inspecting your
inflatable PFD" on page 14 for leak tests)
- It should inflate quickly and easily
3. Learn how it works by:
- Activating the CO2 inflation system
- Rearming the CO2 inflation system
- Using the Oral inflation tube
The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that you purchase two rearming
kits; one to be used immediately in testing the automatic inflation
system (see "How to test your PFD using the automatic inflator" on
page 16) and the other to carry onboard as a spare.
HOW TO TEST YOUR PFD USING THE AUTOMATIC INFLATOR
1. To test your inflatable PFD using automatic inflation, you will need
your fully armed PFD, and the re-arming kit (MA5183) approved
for your PFD.
2. Put on your PFD.
3. Get into shallow water, just deep enough that you can stand with
your head above the surface. Once the inflator is under water your
PFD should automatically fully inflate within 10 seconds.
4. See if your 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 your PFD. Deflate the PFD using
the oral inflator (see "Deflating your PFD" on page 7).
6. Let your PFD dry thoroughly, Re-arm (page 8), and Repack
(page 11) your PFD.
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HOW TO TEST YOUR PFD USING THE MANUAL INFLATOR
1. To test your inflatable PFD using manual inflation, you will need
your fully armed PFD, and the re-arming kit (MA5183) approved
for your PFD.
2. Put on your PFD.
3. Actuate the inflation system by jerking firmly on the pull handle.
Your 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 your 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.
6. Get out of the water and remove your PFD. Completely deflate
the PFD using the oral inflator (see "Orally inflating your PFD" on
page 6).
7. Let the PFD dry thoroughly, Re-arm (page 8), and Repack
(page 11) the PFD.
HOW TO TEST YOUR PFD USING THE ORAL INFLATION TUBE
WARNING: Use only a previously fired hydrostatic
inflator to perform this test. DO NOT test with a fully
armed hydrostatic inflator as double inflation may
occur, possibly resulting in damage to the PFD.
1. To test your inflatable PFD using oral inflation you will not need
any spare parts, or rearming kits.
2. Put on your PFD.
3. Get into shallow water, just deep enough that you can stand with
your head above the surface.
4. If you are a weak swimmer or non-swimmer, inflate the 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 to safetly use this inflatable PFD.
5. Fully inflate your PFD using the oral inflation tube.
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6. See if your 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.
7. Get out of the water and remove your PFD. Completely deflate
the PFD using the oral inflator (see "Orally inflating your PFD" on
page 6).
8. Let the PFD dry thoroughly, Re-arm (page 8), and Repack
(page 11) the PFD.
WHY ARE PFDS REQUIRED SAFETY
EQUIPMENT?
Drowning is the leading cause of fatality involving recreational
boating. 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 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 PFD so you know
what to do in an emergency.
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 PFD. Non-swimmers and
children especially should wear a hybrid or non-inflatable PFD at all
times when on or near the water.
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THESE DEVICES ARE INTENDED TO HELP
SAVE YOUR LIFE
For your PFD to function properly, follow these suggestions to verify
that it fits, floats, and remains in good condition.
o
Check the single point status indicator on the inflator before
each use (see "Inspecting your inflatable PFD" on page 14).
o
Re-arm your PFD immediately after each inflation (see
"Re-Arming your inflatable PFD" on page 8).
o
Try your PFD on and adjust it until it fits comfortably in and out
of the water. (see "How and Why to Test your PFD" on page
16).
o
Mark your PFD with your name if you are the only wearer.
o
Do not alter your PFD. If it doesn’t fit properly, get one that does.
An altered device is no longer Coast Guard approved.
o
Do not use your PFD as a fender or kneeling pad.
o
If your PFD is wet, allow it to dry thoroughly before storing it.
Store it in a warm, dry, well ventilated area.
o
Do not dry your PFD with direct heat.
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:
Water Temperature
˚C (˚F)
Exhaustion or
Unconsciousness
Expected Time of
Survival
0.3 (32.5)
Under 15 min.
Under 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
over 27 (over 80)
Indefinite
Indefinite
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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 PFD. Even if you become incapacitated due to
hypothermia, your 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 (Heat Escape
Lessening Position) when
wearing an inflatable PFD,
drawing the legs up to a
seated position, because doing
so will help you conserve body
heat (Fig. 33).
FIG. 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. 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.
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DO NOT ATTACH PFD'S 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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you need more information about PFDs and safe recreational
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 VA, 1-800-245-BOAT).
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