Modern outdoor water safety gear made possible by plastics, says CPIA
Lightweight, durable, water-resistant plastics are now the norm in modern safety gear for swimming, boating, and other water fun, says Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).
For backyard swimming pools, a fence may not provide adequate safety for kids and pets. A well-secured, heavy-duty plastic cover can help prevent accidental drowning when the pool is not in use. And no matter how old children are, it is advised to keep an approved life preserver, usually made with foam plastics, readily accessible in case of an emergency.
At the beach, rolling waves are hard for kids to resist, but sharp rocks and prickly sea creatures may lurk underneath. Plastic water shoes can help remove the worry of cut feet and pinching crabs. And high quality, fog-resistant plastic goggles protect eyes from water sting during a long swim. Snug-fitting goggles can even make it possible for contact lens wearers to swim underwater without losing a lens.Heading out above water? Whether pleasure cruising, fishing, or water skiing, it’s essential to wear a personal flotation device, better known as a life jacket. Every person, large or small. And sitting on it doesn’t count.
According to The Royal Lifesaving Society 80% of boaters who drowned were not wearing a lifejacket/PFD.Life jackets have advanced significantly in recent years, notes CPIA. Today they often feature contoured plastic foam panels and easy-to-use plastic zippers, straps, and buckles for greater comfort and better fit. There are even life jackets designed for pets, many of which can get rather skittish around open water and noisy, rocking boats.
All boaters also should wear plastic water shoes or boat shoes with skid-resistant soles to prevent slipping on slick decks. It’s also a great idea to have a cellphone handy in case of an emergency. Swimmers can bring a sealable plastic bag to help protect it from water.And don’t forget the importance of staying hydrated. Shatter-resistant plastic water bottles and cups are well suited to boating, beaches, and pools. Remember to stow them carefully, keep them out of bodies of water, and recycle what you can.