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For small children and weak swimmers: Any time they are near water, including pools and waterparks.
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For everyone: When on or in oceans & open water.
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For everyone: When boating, waterskiing or doing other water-based sports.
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For everyone: Around cold water and ice.
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There are many kinds of life jackets. Make sure it is the right type for the activity.
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Make sure it is U.S. Coast Guard-approved (look for the stamp on the life jacket).
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Make sure it fits the intended user; check the label on the life jacket for weight and size limits.
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Check buckles and straps for proper function. Discard any life jacket with torn fabric or loose straps.
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Put it on and practice swimming with it!
Learn to help keep your loved ones safe in & around water with drowning prevention & emergency response information. Includes educational games and videos for kids plus a swim lesson progress tracker.
Or text: "SWIM" to 90999
Call: 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
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