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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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The approval is shown by a stencil marking or tag on the personal flotation device.
That all guides and their passengers wear personal flotation devices.
The guides and outfitters had no problem with the part of Senate Bill 579 that requires them to equip boats with a throw bag, and guides and passengers to wear personal flotation devices on sections of water with rapids ranked as Class III or higher.
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Looking beyond just the protection afforded by plastics against sports injuries (to car safety seats, seat belts, smoke detectors, personal flotation devices, and so on), a study published through the National SAFE KIDS Campaign demonstrates that the evolution of plastic safety devices over the past two decades has been a crucial part of the 46% decline in deaths among children 14 and under resulting from unintentional injuries--the number-one killer of children in this age group.
All boaters should wear personal flotation devices (PFDs).

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