Concerned grandparents have demonstrated just how dangerous floatation devices can be.
Holly Mueller took to her Facebook page to upload a video of her two-year-old granddaughter, Marissa, wearing what she and her husband thought was a life jacket.
In fact, the product, which looks just like a life jacket is actually a buoyancy device and is only meant to keep people afloat as they are treading water or swimming.
In the video, Marissa can be seen jumping into her grandad’s arms into the pool, wearing the buoyancy vest.
As soon as her grandfather lets her go, she flips over and ends up face down in the pool.
“You would think this would save your child. We used this life jacket in our pool and it absolutely tried to drown our child,” he can be heard saying in the video.
However, the ‘life jacket’ he’s talking about is actually a buoyancy vest, which both devices being completely different.
The video has now been watched over 20 million times on Facebook, and attracted nearly 555,000 shares.
However people were quick to point out the fact that they are two very different floatation aids.
One comment read, “Stop sharing this! The life jacket is the wrong life jacket for the child! The life jacket was also mislabeled for up to 50 pounds! This life jacket style is designed for infants to 30 pounds! Once a child is mobile they shouldn’t use this life jacket! They should use a life jacket without the head rest.”
“The real lesson here is to make sure you read labels and know what you’re buying your kids. This is not a life jacket it is a buoyancy vest.”
Another said, ” Infant life vests are designed for under 30lbs, and also designed to roll them onto their back. Lol been life vest shopping for my 2 year old and 5 year old. But the guy has a point, just wouldn’t put an under 50lb vest on such a little kid. Just have to read into what your buying, and whatever the situation is just be pro active.”
“Very important to pay attention to the printing on these items. That is a PFD, personal flotation device, NOT a life jacket. At the bottom of the printing it says not to attach the PFD to the boat. PFDs are designed to help keep a conscious person afloat, they’re less buoyant and less bulky and therefore more comfortable and provide more ease of motion. A life jacket is more buoyant and designed to flip the wearer onto their back. This PFD is doing exactly what it was designed to do, allow ease of movement and buoyancy to the wearer.”
Both lifejackets and buoyancy aids will help support someone who falls into the water but only a life jacket can turn an unconscious wearer to face up and support them should they be unable to swim.
Buoyancy aids are exactly as they say – an aid to help keep a child afloat. It will keep the wearer buoyant in the water but the wearer will need to swim to keep afloat fully and should only be used if help is immediately at hand.
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