CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Inherent Buoyancy PFD

 

care

These are PFDs which use closed cell plastics as a source of Bouyancy. These types of PFDs generally require very little maintenance.

The life of the PFD will be prolonged if routine maintenance is carried out  as follows:

  • Wash in warm soapy water after use.
  • Dry thoroughly.
  • Store in dry ventilated position away from direct sunlight and harmful chemicals.
  • Check PFD regularly to ensure it is in good working condition.

Caution: sunshine, chlorine and weathering may cause colours to fade and/or bleed onto other surfaces.

  • Fabric fading can indicate loss of strength.
  • A weathered pfd could tear easily, resulting in a loss of flotation material.
  • If faded, check strength or discontinue use.

 Never try to repair your PFD yourself

 DO NOT MACHINE WASH

 DO NOT TUMBLE DRY

 DO NOT IRON

 DO NOT DRYCLEAN

 

Inflatable  PFD

 

 

 

Manual Inflatable

Ready to Wear

 

 

 

 

 

Manual Inflatable

Activatate

 These are PFDs which use inflatable chambers as a source of buoyancy. These types of PFDs require some maintenance and care to ensure correct operation.

Your safety will be improved if you know how to care for your PFD.

PRE-WEAR CHECK

  1. Visually inspect for damage.
  2. Check CO2 cylinder is full and screwed in tight.
  3. Ensure automatic cartridge (automatic inflation models only) is screwed up tightly and green automatic firing indicator is clearly visible at base.
  4. Ensure green manual firing indicator is visible.
  5. Ensure pull cord is accessible when PFD is worn.
  6. Refer to instructions for RE-ARMING the PFD if the CO2 cylinder is empty, or any indicators are missing or red.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE


The life of this PFD will be prolonged if routine maintenance is carried out  as follows:

After every use:
Wash in warm soapy water, dry thoroughly. Store in a dry ventilated position away from direct sunlight and harmful chemicals. Remove automatic cartridge (if fitted) before washing and re-fit when dry.

Every six months:

  1. Inspect CO2 cylinder for corrosion or damage.
  2. Inspect bladder for signs of abrasion and wear.
  3. Inspect stitching, webbing and buckles for signs of excessive wear or abrasion
  4. Inflate bladder using the oral tube and leave overnight, inspect for any air loss or damage.
  5. If there are signs of corrosion, wear, damage or leaks as described above take to a professional service agent.

Never try to repair your PFD yourself


Annually:

  1. Check expiry date on automatic firing cartridge (if fitted) and replace before this date.
  2. Carry out procedures 1 to 5 in the six monthly check.
  3. Mark the date of the service in the service grid on the bladder.


Every three years:
Contact your place of purchase or local agent to arrange a professional service.

Find a dealer:

 DO NOT MACHINE WASH

 DO NOT TUMBLE DRY

 DO NOT IRON

 DO NOT DRYCLEAN