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Important Information on Life Jackets
A new 9-minute video regarding inflatable life jackets has been released recently by The Corps Foundation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The video is titled "Inflatable Life Jackets: Everything You Need To Know" and is available on YouTube at:
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Please view and share the above very important child/infant PFD safety message. Thank you.
Child PFD Failure
The attached video Below is very disturbing to us at National Boating Federation!
To be sure, we have not had this showing of performance in all the time we have been working with the United States Coast Guard on PFD labeling and ratings, and that has been some time. To that end, we are also sending this directly to our contacts at USCG as well as to United States Power Squadron, so they can further verify this performance AND to notify their constituents, as we are notifying ours with this posting.
As you know, there is nothing more important to us at National Boating Federation than your safety! Though we work on many legislative issues in both national and local areas on your behalf, none of that matters if there is any concern for safety!
Perhaps the very best thing you can do right now is be aware of this situation, and oversee your youngsters with even greater attention than normal.
Let’s ALL be safe out there!
National Boating Federation President
Make sure your child's life jacket fits!
USCG Recommendations for Vessel Safety Check Decal awarding with Recalled Kidde extinguishers.
"Even if the fire extinguisher is part of the recall, it's still a CG approved extinguisher and counts towards any CG carriage requirement. Assuming the fire extinguisher criteria (see VSC Manual, chapter 3, para B5) is met, continue to issue a decal even if the VE finds a recalled extinguisher filling a carriage requirement. In the event that a VE encounters a recalled extinguisher, it is recommended annotating the VSC form with an asterisk next to item 5, Fire Extinguishers and writing the word RECALL in the space to the right. The VE should also discuss the implications of the recall and issue a paper copy of the recall with the completed VSC form."
March 21, 2018: http://www.kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/support/product-alerts/
Kidde recalls nearly 500,000 smoke alarms that could be faulty. Models P12010 and P19010 Dated between Sept. 10, 2016 and Oct 13, 2017 are the effected units. Units sold at Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Menards, as well as online through Amazon.com and other sellers.
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported
The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information or link below.
Examiners Test Your Mustang Life Jacket
We are always told as a Vessel Examiner to wear our life jackets to project the idea of safety to the boating public. I am sure that most VEs have done so over the past 8 years that we have had them.
Now as we head into the boating season and all of the associated activities, I would suggest that the first thing a VE should do is examine and test his/her Mustang Inflatable life jacket. This operation is suggested to be performed every 2 to 3 months. I bet you have not even done it once in the 8 years you have had the jackets. I am suggesting this exercise because we have found a few jackets that won't hold air. If one of these are found I suggest that it be destroyed and disposed of because the total life expectancy is only 10 years.
So how do we test our jacket? Open it up along the Velcro seams as shown in Figure 1 until it looks like figure 2. Then remove the cap on the oral inflation tube (shown in figure 2) and inflate the Life Jacket orally.
Then keep the jacket inflated over night. If it fails to hold air all night it is defective. If it holds air ok, then reverse the oral inflation cap and compress the jacket to remove all of the air. Once deflated, replace the cap to its original position and fold the sides back and press the Velcro seams to hold the jacket together.
Now if you happen to really need the jacket while doing a VSC (Heaven forbid you fall into the water) the life jacket would be known to be useable.
UPDATE FOR VESSEL EXAMINERS AND BOAT OWNERS
SIRIUS SIGNAL LIGHT
Vessel Examiners should be aware of the capabilities and approvals of the SIRIUS SOS C-1001 electronic distress light. This light is acceptable as a nighttime visual distress signal.
SIRIUS has included a daytime distress flag in the SOS C-1001 packaging so that it can market the package as a solution for a combined day/night signal, and as a replacement for flares. As long as the SIRIUS Signal Model SOS C-1001 is carried in conjunction with an acceptable daytime distress signal, this satisfies the daytime/nighttime signaling requirement.
All electronic visual distress signals, in order to be acceptable, must be legibly and indelibly marked with the statement: “Night Visual Distress Signal for Boats Complies with U.S. Coast Guard Requirements in 46 CFR §161.013. For Emergency Use Only”, and must also be marked with the manufacturer’s name, replacement battery type and lamp size.
If an electric light is designed for use with dry cell batteries the label must advise the consumer on the battery replacement schedule, which under normal conditions would maintain performance requirements of 46 §CFR 161.013-3
When conducting a vessel safety check, all Auxiliary Vessel Examiners (VEs)and Power Squadron examiners are to check/verify this piece of safety equipment in accordance with the Vessel Safety Check Manual, COMDTINST M16796.8A. Any further questions or concerns regarding this equipment should be routed appropriately via the chain of leadership and management.
Coast Guard Boating Safety App Released
the nation's recreational boating safety coordinator, the Coast Guard works to minimize loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental harm. Our boating safety program involves public education programs, regulation of boat design and construction, approval of boating safety equipment, and vessel safety checks for compliance with federal and state safety requirements. The Coast Guard Mobile App supports these missions by providing the essential services and information most commonly requested by boaters.
Features of the app include: state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity. When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water.
The app also features an Emergency Assistance button which, with locations services enabled, will call the closest Coast Guard command center.
The Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater's marine VHF radio, which the Coast Guard strongly recommends all boaters have aboard their vessels. The app was mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users.
The app is self-contained, so personal information is stored on the phone and is not sent to the Coast Guard unless the user chooses to send it. The Coast Guard does not track a user's location, and the app does not track a user's location unless the app is being used. For more information on the app, please visit http://uscgboating.org/mobile/ .
Safe, Fun & Responsible Recreational Boating
Minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage and environmental impact while maximizing the safe use and enjoyment of U.S. waterways by recreational boaters. The Safety process is one of “prevention through education, outreach and volunteer compliance” helping recreational boaters to gain a respect for the boating environment. The Safety Committee pursues their mission aggressively through the Vessels Safety Check (VSC) program and cooperation with government and industry partners in promoting safety related initiatives.
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