Life jacket requirements for cold weather in Pennsylvania reduce winter boating deaths

Pennsylvania (WHTM) — In the 10 years since mandatory cold-weather life jacket requirements were implemented, they have seen a significant decrease in boating deaths, the Stateish and Boat Commission says.

Since the regulation was put in place in 2012, the Pennsylvaniaish and Boat Commission says that although the number of boating accidents has remained the same, the number of fatalities during cold-weather months has dropped from 58% to 17%.

Even if you’re wearing a life jacket, it’s still important to practice safe measures during these colder months. The majority of boating fatalities occur during this time.

“Every January we melt the ice as the temperatures are in the 50s, but the water is still in the 30s and 40s. Very cold. And if you go in and don’t have a life jacket on, you won’t survive. John Mahn, commissioner of theish and Boat Commission, said, “It’s that simple.”

This mandatory life jacket requirement for boats under 16 feet in length, or any canoe, kayak, or paddleboard, requires that a life jacket be worn between now and April 30.