National Lifejacket Day | May 14

Wearing a Lifejacket Saves Lives!

May 14th is National Lifejacket Day! This annual campaign is put on by the Canadian Red Cross, and aims to encourage and promote the use of lifejackets and personal floatation devices (PFDs) when on or near the water. With summer coming up, with more of us being near the water, always be prepared and stay safe.

Did you know…

  • 64% of drownings in British Columbia occurred between May & September.
  • 33% of those were boating related drownings.
  • 85% of boating related drownings were not wearing a lifejacket or PFD.
  • 77% of all drownings were male.

 

Before you get out on the water this summer, check your lifejacket or PFD:

  • Is it approved by the Ministry of Transportation or Department of Transportation?
  • Will it support the person wearing it? Does it keep your head above water?
  • Are all the snaps, belts, ties, tapes and/or zippers in good condition?
  • Is it easy to put on and take off? Can you swim and maneuver easily in the water?
  • Can you move your arms freely, and does it let you bend at the waist?
  • Can you see the ground at your feet and walk over obstacles easily?
  • Have you attached a whistle to your flotation device?

Post a photo of yourself on Instagram or Facebook in your lifejacket or PFD using the hashtag #lifejacketday, and tag @ubcrec, to be featured on our social media AND be entered into a prize draw for free swim passes to the UBC Aquatic Centre!