Water safety tips for you and your child
One piece of equipment that can make a day on the water a happy memory rather than a tragedy is a personal flotation device.
Here are few a tips adults need to know about personal flotation devices for children:
•It is required by Louisiana law that any child 12 years old or younger wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device that is properly sized and fitted and is in good serviceable condition while a vessel is underway. It is highly recommended that children wear PFDís at all times when on boats or near bodies of water.
• For a PFD to work properly, it must fit snugly on a child. A good way to check for a good fit is to pick the child up by the shoulders of the PFD.
A properly fitted PFD will not allow the childís chin and ears to slip through the PFD. Remember to fasten all straps, zippers and ties.
•PFDís with a safety strap that fastens between the legs can prevent the device from slipping over the childís head and are highly recommended.
•Test a childís PFD in the water immediately after purchase. Teach the child to relax in the water while wearing the PFD. A struggling child makes it hard to float safely in a PFD.
The struggling child may not stay face up even with a properly fitted PFD.
•Remember that no one can watch a child every second. A child can drown in minutes with adults around. Wearing a PFD can prevent such a tragedy and make water sports memorable and enjoyable.
For more information on personal flotation devices or recreational boating, visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Web site: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/regulations/requiredequipment
Former Destrehan High School teacher Shelley Dufresne, who pleaded guilty to having...
In light of recent police shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas, as well as a heated...
Christi Fraychineaud's fellow teachers at St. Rose Elementary School are trying to...
The Benefit Golf Tournament for Chad Grosch will take place Saturday, Aug. 20 at...
Without a tax increase, St. Charles Parish Council could be dealing with a...
Cynthia Creecy and Wanda Blue had more in common than most people can ever imagine....
Craig's Barber Shop has been locally owned and operated for over 25 years. We do men, women, and children's haircuts. Come in and enjoy that unique barber shop experience! Walk in and relax a while with Craig, Cheryl, and Angel!
St. Charles Parish Council to consider tax increase - 1790 views
Without a tax increase, St. Charles Parish Council could be dealing with a projected $550,000 budget shortfall next year.