BARRIERS TO LIFE JACKET USE AMONG ADULT RECREATIONAL BOATERS
Published Date:Mar 31 2014
Source:Inj Prev. 20(4):244-250.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Personal Flotation Devices
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4310692
Funding:3R49CE00197/CE/NCIPC CDC HHS/United States
5T32HD057822/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/United States
T32 HD057822/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/United States
To identify barriers to life jacket use.
Nine public boat ramps in western Washington State, USA, August-November, 2008.
675 adult boaters (>18 years) on motor boats <26 feet long.
Low or no life jacket use (0–50% of time) versus high life jacket use (51–100% of time).
Low/no life jacket use (0%–50% of time) was associated with longer boat length (per foot, risk ratio [RR] 1.03, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.02–1.05), alcohol use (RR 1.11, 95% CI 1.01–1.20), perception of life jackets as “uncomfortable” (RR 1.29, 95%CI 1.09–1.52), perceived greater level of swimming ability (RR 1.25, 95% CI 1.03–1.53 for “expert swimmer”), and possibly with lack of confidence that a life jacket may save one from drowning (RR 1.13, 95%CI 0.96–1.32). Low life jacket use was less likely when a child was onboard (RR 0.88, 95% CI 0.79–0.99), or if the respondent had taken a boating safety class (RR 0.94, 95% CI 0.87–1.01).
Life jacket use may increase with more comfortable devices, such as inflatable life jackets, and with increased awareness of their efficacy in preventing drowning. Boater education classes may be associated with increased life jacket use among adults.
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