PFD Storage

August 13, 2011

Whenever you have used your PFD and are storing it for the next time,  it is important to follow proper storage procedures:

  • Make sure they are clean. Rinsing with clean fresh water is the minimum you should do.
  • Make sure they are totally dry before storing.
  • Keep them in a moisture-free, well-ventilated environment, preferably in a hanging position. Avoid plastic bags!
  • If stowing them on your boat or in a container of some sort, make sure they are not bent, folded, or have place heavy or sharp objects on top that might crush or damage them.
  • Be cautious about container storage, such as plastic totes or marine storage boxes! Mildew and mold can thrive in dark, enclosed spaces if everything is not completely dry. These can damage a PFD enough to make it unusable. Quickly clean any PFDs discovered to have mold or mildew.

If you take care of your PFDs, they will do their job when needed. Someone’s life depends on it!

Related Information:

Cleaning a PFD

Cleaning Mold or Mildew from a PFD

 


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