National Lifejacket Day

Red Cross urges lifejacket use for all boaters

For many Canadians, the summer season means enjoying outdoor activities such as fishing, powerboating or canoeing. But each year, tragic and avoidable boating-related fatalities occur across Canada. A study of the long-term trends indicates that the use of proper safety equipment such as a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD) would greatly reduce this number.

Every year, 161 Canadians drown while boating. Of these, 87 per cent are not wearing a lifejacket or do not have it properly secured.

Before heading out on a boat this summer, ensure that all persons on board - even strong swimmers - are outfitted with a correctly sized lifejacket appropriate to the activity. Be aware of and monitor the weather and water conditions, be prepared to head to the nearest point of safety if the conditions change, never consume alcohol before or during a boating outing, and ensure boaters know how to safely operate and load the vessel.


May 18th is National Lifejacket Day

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Canadian Red Cross marks National Lifejacket Day, an annual campaign to encourage and promote the use of lifejackets and PFDs among boaters.

For information on boating safety and how to choose a lifejacket or PFD, download our tip sheet:
Health & safety tips - Lifejacket wear and boating safety

Take our quiz and enter to win!

From May 18th to June 8th, 2017, test your water safety knowledge by taking our water safety quiz  and you will be entered into our Summer Water Safety contest for a chance to win 1 of 10 Stearns® family prize packs of PFDs! 

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