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River Safety Tips

If your life vests look like this you should get a new one. What life vest is recommended? The one you’re willing to wear.

If your life vests look like this you should get a new one. What life vest is recommended? The one you’re willing to wear.

As this year’s fishing season starts to ramp up, now is a good time to check your safety gear and make any necessary repairs or replacements before you head down to the river. If you have self-inflating life jackets, do a check of the CO2 cartridge. Instructions on how to do this test are provided with the documentation that came with your life jacket. If you have standard life jackets, inspect them for any rips, mildew, mold, or any other problem that could affect the usefulness of the device. Oftentimes, life jackets are left in boats over the winter and it isn’t until a fisher is launching the boat that it is discovered that there is a problem, at which point it is all too easy to say, “I’ll go without this one time, because I don’t want to drive into town to buy another one.” By making sure you’re ready for anything, you can increase your safety and the safety of your boat crew.

 

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