personal flotation device

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personal flotation device

Abbreviation: PFD
A life vest to prevent drowning and near drowning. People engaged in water sports, such as boating or water skiing, or rescuers working on or near the water should wear PFDs at all times. The U.S. Coast Guard sets standards and establishes specifications for the manufacture and use of PFDs. Personal flotation devices may be used to provide added buoyancy for the patient during aquatic therapy.
See also: device
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In our survey of the market, we found that Switlik, one of the largest aviation life preserver providers offers an airline-style life preserver for $50.
In a vacuum, you might not assign much value to a life preserver, especially if the context or scenario is purely hypothetical.
Large and small whales, green-striped life preservers, pink waves, and rainbow drops will bring your little girl's ocean fantasy to life.
Parkway Central High's Brian Adam, a social studies teacher, keeps a life preserver on a bookcase near his classroom door that students must carry if they hit the hall during the period.
with clear, tight pictures of the suspect in the water clinging to a life preserver as police tried to talk him into climbing up onto a tugboat.
She confronted me with it, clinging to me as someone would cling to a life preserver.
There's also the cast of sub-human characters that inhabit most corporations: an officious office manager who has the ability to simultaneously smile and suck the life out of you; a supply person unwilling to part with his inventory (though, when others aren't looking, he plays with it); and bosses that hang on to the hierarchical structure the way a drowning man would cling to a life preserver.
Brickie - dubbed Flight Lieutenant Brick because he can't fly either - was rescued and given an inflatable life preserver similar to those issued to pilots.
My paltry effects include a series of sacred earaches, a styrofoam life preserver lifted from an ocean liner, a photo of King Kong in a dress suit, and tales from a wedding night spent rolling around in a famous confederate battlefield's scratchy blood-fed weeds.
Seemingly unconscious, she lies across a life preserver.
However, if you take a plunge without a life preserver into water over your head and you begin to get panicky, breathe in some air, go into the fetal position and feel your back bobbing up and down above the surface of the water.
There is an exception to this normal response, of course-one situation in which you would cling to the Fifth Amendment like a life preserver.