Don't Forget Safety of Children on Boats

You wouldn't let your child ride in a car without a seat belt right? State officials say the same thinking applies to children in boats.

This time of year, officials with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission want to remind all parents, that children under the age of 13 must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while on a boat or any recreational vessel. The exceptions are if the vessel is anchored or tied to shore, the children are in an enclosed cabin or below deck, or aboard a commercial vessel.

Often known as a life jacket, life preserver or life vest, the PFD must be U.S. Coast Guard approved, of an appropriate size and in good condition.