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What's the difference between floaties and a life jacket?

When the temperatures rise, more and more people flock to beaches and backyard pools to get some relief from the California heat. If you have small children, then you really need to be aware of water safety. Drownings are quite common when it gets hot, and it only takes a matter of seconds for a child to end up in danger. That is why many parents use flotation devices. However, not all flotation devices are created equal.

The Scientific Parent explains that a life saving device, such as a life jacket, is quite different from flotation devices, such as floaties. Water wings are a commonly used item in the water for young children, but these are flotation devices and they will not save your child from drowning. They are simply an aid that helps you child as he or she learns to swim. They are not meant to keep him or her safely above the water.

If you want your child to be safe, you need a life saving device. These are approved by the coast guard and have a design that helps keep your child from going under the water. There are many different types of life jackets and vests. Many are designed to be worn when in the water so they are confortable for your child to wear all the time.

You should make water safety a priority and ensure your child is properly protected at all times. Get your child used to wearing a life saving device so he or she will not refuse to wear it or make a rule that it must be worn or your child cannot go into the water. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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