An overview of life jacket laws in Alaska North Face Soft Shell br
15th November 2012 09:45 #1
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Drowning is the second leading cause of death in Alaska. This is hardly surprising when one considers that Alaska has more coastline than all the rest of the 50 United States put together. The state's inland waters, lakes, rivers, and ponds, are too numerous to have ever been fully counted. Many Alaskans make their living from Alaska's waters, and almost all Alaskans use these waterways for recreation and transportation.

For this reason, Alaska's laws governing personal flotation device (PFD) use are extremely important.The majority of Alaskans cheap north face who died in boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket when they capsized or fell overboard. Additionally, Alaska's cold waters increase the danger. The average life expectancy for a person entering Alaskan waters accidentally is a mere 10 minutes! Many people drown instantly, as the shock of hitting the cold water makes them inhale sharply. If they are submerged at that moment, they can't help but inhale water. A good life jacket may prevent
North Face Soft Shell a person's head from going underwater when they fall in. Its insulating properties may also add a few extra, precious minutes of warmth while a person awaits rescue.Alaska's State safety and equipment requirements are identical to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) federal requirements, with one additional rule.The Federal Regulations dictate that:All recreational boats must carry one wearable PFD (Type
cheap north face Jackets I, II, III or Type V PFD) for each person aboard. A Type V PFD provides performance of either a Type I, II, or III PFD (as marked on its label) and must be used according to the label requirements. Any boat 16 feet or longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable PFD (Type IV PFD).PFDs must be- Coast Guard approved,- in good and serviceable condition, and- the appropriate size for the intended user.Accessibility- Wearable PFDs must be readily accessible.- You must be able to put them on in a reasonable amount of time in an emergency (vessel sinking, on fire, etc.).- They should not be stowed in plastic bags, in locked or closed compartments or have other gear stowed on top of them.- The best PFD is the one you will wear.- Though not required, a PFD should be worn at all times when the vessel is underway. A wearable PFD can save your life, but only if you wear it.- Throwable devices must be immediately available for use.To these regulations, Alaska adds the following:"All persons under 13 years of age must wear a USCG approved life jacket while in an open boat or on
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