How to Properly Care for Your Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
A suitable personal flotation device (PFD) is essential if you enjoy spending time on the water. They’re designed to be lightweight, comfortable, and above all else—dependable. But for your PFD to provide the maximum level of protection, you must properly care for it over time. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how best to maintain your PFD so you can ensure it will be ready when you need it most.
Inspect Your PFD Before Use
Before you hit the water, it’s essential to inspect your PFD and make sure it is in good condition. Check the buckles and straps for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Ensure all the zippers are working correctly and that there are no rips or tears in the fabric. Pay special attention to any holes or signs of wear around the shoulder straps or chest areas where chafing is more likely to occur due to contact with other surfaces like boat rails or deck hardware. If you find any signs of damage, replace your PFD immediately and do not use it until you have done so.
Clean Your Personal Flotation Device After Use
After each use, rinse your PFD with fresh water and let it air dry completely before storing it. If necessary, spot clean with a mild detergent to remove any dirt or stains that may have accumulated during your outing. Prolonged exposure to saltwater can cause corrosion on metal parts, so be sure to thoroughly rinse off any areas that may have been exposed to saltwater during use. Please allow your PFD to air dry completely before you store it away or use it again.
It’s also essential to store your PFD properly when not in use. To prevent mold, mildew and other forms of deterioration from developing on your PFD over time, ensure that it is stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight when possible. If possible, keep your PFD inside a waterproof bag or container – this will ensure that no moisture seeps into the fabric while not in use.
Also, ensure that you store your device away from sharp objects such as tools, knives, screws etc., as these could puncture through the fabric and compromise its overall structural integrity when worn during an emergency at sea.
Having an adequate personal flotation device is essential for anyone who spends time on boats or near bodies of water where rescue may be difficult or impossible without one. Taking proper care of your PFD is just as important as having one in the first place; by inspecting it regularly, cleaning and drying it after each use, and storing it properly between outings, you can ensure that yours will be ready whenever you need it most! With just a few simple steps, you can increase its lifespan and effectiveness—giving yourself peace of mind during any adventure on the water!