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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Quite a lot of fisheries supply l/js these days and require you to wear theirs instead of your own. Under those circumstances I always check them over and also look for the last service date which should be written on the label inside the jacket. If it isn't there or the date is more than a year old I refuse to wear the l/j and demand another one. My view is that they require me to wear their l/js so therefore they have a duty of care to provide me with serviceable equipment.
    Service intervals should be based on use - I would suggest that on a fishery where the lifejackets get daily use from different individuals that service intervals should be based on risk and be a maximum of every 3 months
    Tuig thus' an t-eathar agus tuigidh an t- eathar thu

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    My Crewsaver Life Jacket gets serviced every year unless there is any signs of damage, fault or it has been activated and it will get serviced again at this time

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    There's some good info on the thread.

    The most important check should be done every time you put the lifejacket on -- and that is to check the gas cylinder is screwed up nice and tight. Loose gas cylinders are regarded as the most common cause of failure in inflation lifejackets.

    Have a look at this link from the maritine and coastguard agency.

    http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/safety_alert_42.pdf

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    I remove the gas cylinder and auto cartridge after each use to lessen the risk of inadvertent inflation. Stowing them with the jacket in an easy seal bag.
    This habit, also means that both the cartridge and cylinder are checked for correct fitting each time it is used.
    It's a two minute routine that is worth adopting for some peace of mind.

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Quote Originally Posted by salmon96 View Post
    I remove the gas cylinder and auto cartridge after each use to lessen the risk of inadvertent inflation. Stowing them with the jacket in an easy seal bag.
    This habit, also means that both the cartridge and cylinder are checked for correct fitting each time it is used.
    It's a two minute routine that is worth adopting for some peace of mind.
    I can see your point in removing the bobbin although storing correctly would prevent any problem ..... But removing the CO2 bottle is completely pointless if the clip is in place. Just saying
    Tuig thus' an t-eathar agus tuigidh an t- eathar thu

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    I have had 2 unexpected inflations in the back of my van.with putting the auto l/jkt away wet.I now take off the auto hammer.after a wet days fishing till all is dry.

    Jim
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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    I have had 2 unexpected inflations in the back of my van.with putting the auto l/jkt away wet.I now take off the auto hammer.after a wet days fishing till all is dry.

    Jim
    One of the most amusing moments was watching someone throw a 6 man life raft into the back of a Citroen 2 CV the cord caught and it auto inflated.
    Poor fellow could not get it out and could not deflate it, ended up having to puncture it with a knife, I have never laughed so much.
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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Quote Originally Posted by williegunn View Post
    One of the most amusing moments was watching someone throw a 6 man life raft into the back of a Citroen 2 CV the cord caught and it auto inflated.
    Poor fellow could not get it out and could not deflate it, ended up having to puncture it with a knife, I have never laughed so much.
    I'm surprised it did not wreck the 2cv

    Jim
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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourach View Post
    But removing the CO2 bottle is completely pointless if the clip is in place.
    Point is this can happen...
    Quote Originally Posted by williegunn View Post
    the cord caught and it auto inflated
    A spare clip costs 1.00, a rearming pack costs 22.00. Also, as i say it ensures that you check it each time.

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    Default Re: Life Jacket - Check !

    You can get UML. Kit ( bobbin, bottle and clip) for under 10 if you look hard enough

    If you take the bobbin out the only way to inflate the jacket is manually so there is no need to remove the cylinder unless you are completely accident prone.
    Tuig thus' an t-eathar agus tuigidh an t- eathar thu

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