Your flotation clothing should be inspected:
- After every immersion;
- Before and after use;
- Whenever the integrity of the suit may be in doubt.
The inspection should be visual, and cover the following points:
- Check for excessive wear or damage to the material, particularly stiffness, discoloration, burns, tears, holes and frayed or separating edges;
- Check for separation of seams, and broken or missing stitching.
- Check for separation of the interlining
- Check for missing or damaged stitching or fasteners on the lining fabric of the item;
- Check for condition of the waist belt webbing, particularly fraying, checks, cuts, tears, burns, or damage from misuse;
- Check for condition of plastic fastening and adjusting hardware on all webbing;
- Check for missing or damaged hood drawstring (jacket);
- Check that all cuff and thigh closure webbing straps are intact and secure;
- Check the reflective tapes for excessive fraying, broken stitching, tears, separations, or missing reflective material.