The Key Benefits of Life Rings
A day at the beach, lake or beside a river can quickly turn dangerous. Luckily, Public Rescue Equipment (PRE) can significantly improve the chances of a rescue. Among the different types of PRE that public beaches, docks, waterways etc can have installed, the life saver ring is arguably one of the most essential tools. Not only is it a common sight at beaches, docks, on decks of boats, and more, but it has a long history of saving lives and preventing the worst case scenario.
What is a Lifesaver Ring?
As the name suggests, life saver rings are ring, or doughnut shaped. They are buoyant and as such designed to assist a casualty, who is struggling to stay afloat in water.
The life saver rings (also commonly known as a lifebuoys or life rings) we sell, are made from high density polyethylene. They are filled with polyurethane foam, which helps prevent water ingress and therefore assists with buoyancy. They come in an orange colour, for visibility and are UV treated to help prolong the life saving ring’s life span. The life saving rings also feature a grab line which goes around the life ring to assist a casualty to get a hold of the line.
There are two standard nominal sizes, 24” and 30”. You can read more about the different benefits of each here although, they they both serve the same fundamental purpose: to provide buoyancy for someone in the water needing help.
When Are They Used?
Life saver rings are used to help keep someone from drowning. Because they provide buoyancy, they help keep someone afloat so they don’t burn their energy treading water. They are are thrown to the casualty often with (and recommended with) a throw line attached. The casualty then grabs hold of the lifebuoy. In an emergency situation where adrenaline is high, having a life saver ring to float with can help the person relax and avoid flailing while they are pulled, or swim to safety.
Where Should You Install a Life Ring?
Life saver rings need to be installed near any body of water that is deep enough for a person to drown and all areas where falling into the water could be dangerous. It is important to carry out a risk assessment, when deciding what life rings to use and where to put them.
Why Are They So Popular?
Life saver rings are popular because they’re effective, easy for almost anyone to use, and have proven to be life savers over decades. If someone were to fall into the water and struggle to stay afloat, a passerby could throw them the ring, and then use the line to help pull them to safety. Because they are so versatile, they’re effective and useful in a variety of marine areas.
Here is a helpful guide put together by the Royal Life Saving Society called: How to Rescue Someone from Drowning