Kids Must Wear PFDs - 06/22/2018
Safety Tip of the Day: Kids Must Wear PFDs

Try these strategies to cut down on kids’ complaints:

  • Rewards. If your children are particularly stubborn, you might want to give them a prize or treat at the end of the day for wearing their PFD.
  • Freedom of choice. Let them pick their own PFDs. They come in a variety of types and fun designs. There are Finding Dory PFDs, Spider-Man PFDs, Barbie PFDs, and a myriad selection of other designs made to appeal to children of all ages.
  • Never give in -- it’s the law. Most states have laws in place that require children to wear their life jackets, so always make the kids wear their jackets. If you give in once, it’ll be harder the next time.
  • Wear your life vest. If kids see adults wearing their PFDs, they are unlikely to put up a fight because the potential for danger during the ride is already being communicated to them in a clear manner.

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