Many people haven’t heard of infant life jackets but they are common and part of the safety equipment onboard each cruise ship or common passages vessel like ferries or private boats. Most live vest seen on Hollywood movies are usually for adults and few realize that these do not serve the safety purpose when it comes to infant safety since they could easily just slide through the vest and drown.
The infant jackets require better crafting compared to adult life vests since infants are unable to maintain their level and the vest must be able to keep the infants upright with or without help from it parents or a lifeguard. Since the suite must be design to save the infant rather than just be used a floating devise it must be designed and tested before approvals are given for use on marine public transporters like ferries and cruise vessel.
Having a range from wearable designs to automatically inflatable but infant life jackets have Styrofoam included in them since the infant may not be of age to blow in to a deflating life jacket. So the design must be able to save the infant whatsoever the condition whether alone or with a guardian or parent. It has been observed from past accidents that may mother or parents with infants drown while trying to save both themselves and the infant. The modern life jacket is designed so the wearer exerts the minimal effort to stay afloat and the same for the infants life jackets, and not worrying about a infant slipping or turning over make the mood calmer thus increasing the chances of survival or rescue.
Many incidents where life jacket failure has caused the drowning of passenger or crew have been recorded and in the wake of this the IMO and local bodies have stepped up the safety requirement for both adult and infant life jackets design improvements and private companies haven’t let this go un-noticed. Many private companies making life jackets have entered this business and where many players enter there can be only one out come “improved quality” having companies tendering for these jobs has seen a major improvement in quality and efficiency of the life jackets in the 21st century.
Technology has also played a major part in
improving the designs and detecting problems that may be impending were human eyes cannot see. Some Infant life jackets designs have also gone a step further by designing and producing jackets that are insulated and could protect an infant for a substantially extended period in water that could be dangerously cold and life threatening.
Infants life jacket design may be a limited and not lucrative business according to some business professionals but the manufacturers must maintain and improve product design for the future well being of infants that may get involve in marine accidents.