Life­jack­ets need checks

North Waikato News - - News -

In­flat­able life­jack­ets have taken the mar­ket by storm – they’re light­weight, easy to wear and able to fit a va­ri­ety of peo­ple.

How­ever, Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil har­bour­mas­ters are con­cerned about the boat­ing pub­lic’s lack of aware­ness in ser­vic­ing in­flat­a­bles.

At a re­cent event, nearly 100 boat­ies were asked how many owned an in­flat­able jacket. Nearly the whole room put up their hand. When asked how many ser­viced their jacket reg­u­larly, no-one did.

‘‘ In­flat­able jack­ets are not the same as other buoy­ancy aids,’’ said the coun­cil’s mar­itime ser­vices man­ager Ni­cole Bother­way.

‘‘Peo­ple can’t guar­an­tee they will work when needed un­less they do main­te­nance and reg­u­lar checks.

‘‘ Check­ing the can­is­ter isn’t cor­roded, hasn’t been used, and is prop­erly screwed is es­sen­tial. Other checks in­clude look­ing for signs of wear on the jacket, and in­flat­ing the blad­der overnight to make sure there aren’t any holes.’’

In­for­ma­tion on ser­vic­ing is at waika­tore­gion.govt.nz/life­jacket or call the mar­itime ser­vices team on 0800 800 401.

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