an inner vial; that allows the chemicals to mix, causing
the wand to glow. Dispose of these lights after one use.
CARE AND STOWAGE OF PRESERVERS.
Some of the rules you should follow when taking care of
and stowing your preservers are contained in the
Laundering your life preserver. Inherently
buoyant life preservers
Launder the outer covers after removing the
fibrous glass pads. (NOTE: Dont launder the
Clean the inflatable types with a mild soap
Stowing your life preserver. The rules for stowing
life preservers include
Dont stow life preservers in the vicinity of oil,
paint, grease, heat, moisture, or dirt. The nylon
material will deteriorate.
Keep preservers clear of sharp edges, which
increase wear and tear.
Keep preservers away from steam lines and
Dry preservers thoroughly before stowing them
to prevent mildew.
Dont tamper with your life preserver or handle it
Dont sit or lie on it. This compresses and mats
the filler pads and reduces the buoyancy of the
Inspecting your life preserver. The following
rules apply when inspecting life preservers:
Inspect your inflatable life preserver every time
you put it on and at least once every month (when
in your custody).
Inflate it by mouth to locate possible leaks in the
air chamber or inflation valve.
Make sure the piercing pin of the CO2valve is in
good working order and the cylinder itself has
not been punctured.
Weigh the cylinder on a gram scale to make sure
it is fully charged.
Other actions. Other actions you should take with
regard to your life preserver include
Being able to put the life preserver on and adjust
it in the dark.
Treat it like a friend; someday it might turn out to
be the best one you have!
A warship doesnt have room to carry all the
powerboats needed to transport the entire crew. At sea, a
powerboat is usually difficult and sometimes
impossible to launch rapidly. For these reasons, the
Navy has spent time and expense developing efficient
lifeboats other than powerboats.
The Navy uses several types of inflatable lifeboats.
Each boat has sufficient equipment to support the num-
ber of survivors for which the boat was designed to
carry. Each boats gear includes the following
Air hand pumps
Boat repair kit for patching leaks
The inflatable lifeboat (fig. 15-6) also carries
Desalter kits for turning seawater into
Survival kits containing food rations, sea marker
dye, a flashlight, batteries, a signal mirror, a