Safety gear has your back, but only if you use it

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—With summer now in full swing, the OPP is sharing important facts and data about safety equipment that saves lives and reduces injuries.

A PFD only helps when on

A personal floatation device (PFD) is inarguably the most under-utilized safety equipment in seasonal outdoor recreation. More than 80% of people who die on OPP-patrolled waterways are found not wearing a PFD. With falling overboard and capsized vessels leading boating deaths, the only safe PFD is one you are wearing. Seven of the eight boating fatality victims this year were found not wearing a PFD. Half of the victims were in canoes – an important reminder that paddlers are just as at risk as others.      

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