Personal flotation devices for children
A child's Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is not a substitute for adult supervision. Children still require supervision. Even when wearing a PFD. Stay within arms reach of non-swimmers at all times.
Choosing a PFD
There are approved PFDs designed especially for children. Children's PFDs are available for purchase at most outdoor sporting goods stores. When choosing a child's approved flotation device, look for the following:
Canadian approval labels detailing the appropriate chest size or weight
A large collar for extra protection and support to the child's head
A grab strap on the collar
Bright colors - yellow, orange or red are most easily seen
Sturdy, rust-proof buckles and zipper
Waist ties with snug-fitting drawstrings or elastic in front and back
A safety strap that fastens between the legs to prevent the device from slipping over the child's head
Make sure that the approved flotation device is comfortable, yet snug.
Do not buy a PFD or lifejacket that is too large in the hope that the child will grow into it. Loose, ill-fitting PFDs are dangerous.
After you have selected a flotation device for a child, it is recommended that you attach reflective tape and a plastic whistle for added protection.
Select a PFD that is the correct size for your child. Information about sizing, weight or chest circumference can be found on a label inside the PFD.
Try the lifejacket on. It should fit snuggly. Make sure that it does not slip over the child's chin and ears. If there is more than 3 inches between the child's shoulders and the PFD, it is too big.
PFD sizing chart for kids
The chart below outlines some common sizing of children's PFDs.
| Size|| Infant|| Child|| Youth|
| Weight|| Less than 30 lbs.|| 30 - 50 lbs.|| 50 - 90 lbs|
| Age (in years)|| Newborn to 2|| 2 - 8|| 6 - 12|
| Chest (circumference)|| 16 - 20"|| 20 - 25"|| 26 - 29"|
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