Health Tip: Protect Kids With Life Jackets

(HealthDay News) — Anytime a child is swimming or boating on a lake, river or stream, he or she should don a life jacket.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions for proper use:

  • Make sure your child knows how to put on a life jacket.
  • Be sure your child is comfortable wearing and using the life jacket.
  • Ensure the life jacket fits correctly and snugly, and that all buckles are properly fastened.
  • Make sure all life jackets are approved by Underwriters Laboratories and the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Never use blow-up water wings, a raft or inflatable toy in place of a life jacket.
  • Make sure all adults also wear life jackets to set a good example.