ALEXANDRIA, Va (BoatUS) – Kids grow fast. That's why frugal parents often buy their kid's shoes a little bigger than the actual size. However, when buying a kid's life jacket that's too large – a common mistake – the results can be heartrending because children in a wrong-sized life jacket can easily slip out.
"I've sent my own kids to school with slightly bigger shoes," says BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety President Chris Edmonston. "However, if a too-big life jacket slips off a child when their arms go above their head, there could be tragic results." Edmonston, himself a father of five, knows what he's talking about. Here are some tips on having the right-sized kids' life jacket:
"If a child has a good fitting life jacket, they won't complain about wearing it," added Edmonston. "Better yet is to set the example and wear one yourself."
A short video on how to pick a right-sized kid's life jacket is available at http://www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/LJLP/fit_video.asp. BoatUS also offers a Kids' Life Jacket Loaner Program at 530 locations where right-sized life jackets can be borrowed for the day or weekend. To find a location near you, go to www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/LJLP/map.