US Coast Guard approved life jackets are required for all passengers on a recreational boat or watercraft. Be familiar with any and all life jacket requirements

Washington State Life Jacket Safety | Seattle Boat Accident Attorney

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When the sun is shining on a beautiful Seattle day, local lakes are filled with boats and various watercrafts. Before you leave dry land, familiarize yourself with Washington State Parks' life jacket safety and recommendations to make sure you and your passengers enjoy a fun and safe boating experience.

-If your boat is less than 16 feet long, a buoyant cushion is no longer considered a legal personal floatation device. It is now a legal requirement that on a boat this size, every passenger must have a Type I, II or III Personal Floatation Device. This includes use of canoes and kayaks.
-All life vests or jackets must be US Coast Guard approved. Go to the US Coast Guard's website for more information on their requirements.
-Be familiar with your life jacket- wear it, adjust it and test it while in the water to know what to expect in the event of an emergency.
-Keep your life jackets out and accessible while on the water. Do not store them in plastic or in hard to reach places, as they must be ready to put on quickly.
-Every passenger, even if they are not planning on swimming, must have a life jacket.

This information was provided as a service by the Andrew Kim Law Firm. Specializing in Washington personal injury claims, our office can handle your legal needs for a Tacoma car accident attorney, Bellevue motorcycle attorney or Seattle boating accident attorney. To speak with an experienced Washington personal injury attorney in a free consultation, call (425) 289-1990 in Bellevue and surrounding area, (253) 682-2000 in Tacoma and the South Sound, or toll fee at (800) 636-3676.

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