Frequently asked questions

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1 SAFETY CLIP/GREEN INDICATOR WRAP AROUND CLIP MISSING OR BROKEN!
2 HOW MANY TIMES WILL THE GAS CYLINDER INFLATE THE LIFEJACKET?
3 IS MY LIFEJACKET MANUAL OR AUTO?
4 WHAT DO I DO IF THE LIFEJACKET HAS BEEN INFLATED?
5 I FELL IN THE WATER AND THE LIFEJACKET DID NOT INFLATE!
6 THE BOOKLET SAYS TRY OUT IN WATER, HOW?
7 WHAT IS THE RED LOOP INSIDE THE LIFEJACKET COVER FOR?
8 WHY IS A WHISTLE FITTED?
9 WHEN I CLOSE THE VELCRO WHY DOES IT POP OPEN AGAIN?
10 WHY DO I NEED TO GET A LIFEJACKET SERVICED, I CAN BLOW IT UP MYSELF?
11 WHY DO I NEED TO GET A LIFEJACKET SERVICED, YOU SELL THE RE-ARM KIT?
12 I TESTED MY LIFEJACKET BY BLOWING IT UP AND IT WENT SOFT, WHY?
13 I USED AN AIR LINE/PUMP TO BLOW UP MY LIFEJACKET NOW IT GOES DOWN!
14. I USED A PEN DOWN THE END OF MY ORAL TUBE TO DEFLATE IT, IS THIS OK?
15 MY LIFEJACKET WENT OFF BY ITSELF, WHY?
16 THE AUTO CARTRIDGE IS LONG DATED WHY DO I STILL NEED A SERVICE?
17 WHERE ARE YOUR LIFEJACKETS MADE?
18 WHAT SHOULD I REGULARLY SELF CHECK ON MY LIFEJACKET?
19 IF I WEAR A CROTCH STRAP DOES THAT MEAN I CAN LEAVE THE BELT LOOSE?
20 MY BELT SEEMS LOOSE BUT I CANNOT ADJUST IT ANYMORE, WHY?
21 THE WEBBING ON MY STEEL INTERLOCK BUCKLES SLIPS, WHY?
22 WHEN DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE LIFEJACKET?


 1 SAFETY CLIP/GREEN INDICATOR WRAP AROUND CLIP MISSING OR BROKEN!

Safety clips are deliberately fragile and designed to break off when a pull, tug or pressure is put on the activation lanyard. The clip can only be removed by breaking it away and will not relocate being a once only use item. Any missing clip must be treated at least as a possible partial cylinder penetration, with a possibility of a micro leak, which over the course of time will empty the cylinder but not produce enough force to inflate the lifejacket. The cylinder should be removed and inspected as follows:
Examine the end cap, there is a concave depression where the cap is deliberately thinned down to help penetration of the gas cylinder by the firing pin. Any dent or mark must be treated as evidence of partial penetration and the cylinder must be disposed of. NB The mark will be very small almost like a pinprick. If the cylinder looks sound check weigh it on kitchen scales to the minimum gross weight (min gr wt) engraved on the cylinder side. It is OK to be overweight but never underweight. NB even if a marked cylinder comes up to weight it still must be disposed of. In all cases of damage or underweight, you must purchase a new gas cylinder & clip. Either fit carefully as the Parmaris instructions included or seek help from a Service Station.

 2 HOW MANY TIMES WILL THE GAS CYLINDER INFLATE THE LIFEJACKET?

Once only on both Manual & Automatic Lifejackets, in addition the green safety clip will need replacing on the Manual & on an Auto the cartridge will need replacing and the green safety clip. Regularly check that cylinders and cartridges are screwed in fully hand tight, do not use wrenches. Also regularly check that the green safety clip is present and the green base button on the auto cartridge is not detached. See also point 1.

 3 IS MY LIFEJACKET MANUAL OR AUTO?

Look on the rear white safety label if the box is marked X it means it has that feature from new, e.g. Oral X, Manual X, Auto X, indicates it has all those features. In cases of older
lifejackets or where there is doubt look at the bobble on the pull lanyard and provided the appropriate cylinder for manual & auto plus a cartridge for auto is fitted. If Red, Red & Grey or Red & Black bobble you have an Auto. If Yellow bobble you have a Manual.

 4 WHAT DO I DO IF THE LIFEJACKET HAS BEEN INFLATED?

Purchase & fit a Parmaris re-arm kit, instructions included in the kit. Ensure all parts are replaced and the old parts disposed of thoughtfully. It is strongly advised to have your lifejacket professionally serviced at the first opportunity.

 5 I FELL IN THE WATER AND THE LIFEJACKET DID NOT INFLATE!

There are 3 possibilities but remember the lifejacket can also be inflated through the red tube:
A. You have a manual lifejacket
B. You fell into the water such a way that the water sensing cartridge did not get wet
C. Your lifejacket is overdue a service or you have fitted incorrect parts.

 6 THE BOOKLET SAYS TRY OUT IN WATER, HOW?

Remove the cartridge (Auto) & gas cylinder (Auto & Manual), keep them in a dry place, open the lifejacket inflate through the red oral tube, try out, dry out the lifejacket, refit the parts when totally dry then refold the lifejacket as per booklet or follow the factory fold marks.

 7 WHAT IS THE RED LOOP INSIDE THE LIFEJACKET COVER FOR?

For lifting you out of the water, it will take your weight.

 8 WHY IS A WHISTLE FITTED?

To attract attention, survival chances are better in a group. Remember you may not be seen in poor light or even at quite low wave heights. Stay together and adopt the foetal position to reduce heat loss.

 9 WHEN I CLOSE THE VELCRO WHY DOES IT POP OPEN AGAIN?

Wet or contaminated Velcro will not close. Dry the jacket (in an emergency it can be worn open or clean the Velcro with a stiff brush or comb. If this still does not cure the problem
contact your dealer for repairs.

 10 WHY DO I NEED TO GET A LIFEJACKET SERVICED, I CAN BLOW IT UP MYSELF?

You cannot reach the correct test pressure, nor can you replace the internal valves and seals which will perish if not replaced regularly. Nor are you trained to spot potential problems.

 11 WHY DO I NEED TO GET A LIFEJACKET SERVICED, YOU SELL THE RE-ARM KIT?

See point 9. A re-arm kit is just that, a re-arm in a situation where the lifejacket has been used but a threat of danger still exists and the lifejacket needs to become operational again. Also see points 2 & 4.

 12 I TESTED MY LIFEJACKET BY BLOWING IT UP AND IT WENT SOFT, WHY?

There could be damage seek professional help immediately.

 13 I USED AN AIR LINE/PUMP TO BLOW UP MY LIFEJACKET NOW IT GOES DOWN!

You have most likely blown the seal from the oral tube by using high pressure or unregulated lines. Seek professional help immediately.

 14. I USED A PEN DOWN THE END OF MY ORAL TUBE TO DEFLATE IT, IS THIS OK?

No you have almost certainly dislodged the re-seat spring although it may seem operational it may not seal properly under inflation and cause an inadequate or strangled inflation. Seek professional help immediately. NB Only ever use the top of the oral tube dust cap to deflate by inverting the cap and holding the end into the valve whilst squeezing the lifejacket under your arm like a bagpipe. Never insert a foreign object into the oral valve.

 15 MY LIFEJACKET WENT OFF BY ITSELF, WHY?

There are many reasons for this, the most common are:
a. Overdue a service and the water-sensing element in the cartridge has collapsed releasing the 40kg firing spring.
b. The lifejacket has got damp and then stored incorrectly such as a car boot, under a bunk, in a garage etc. Always hang up to dry off otherwise water will seep into the cartridge if the lifejacket is laid flat or put in a high humidity environment.
c. The manual firing lanyard has been snagged.
d. Incorrect or outdated parts are fitted.

 16 THE AUTO CARTRIDGE IS LONG DATED WHY DO I STILL NEED A SERVICE?

The cartridge date is to be considered a date assuming good storage conditions and light use. It is always the wisest course to service and replace the cartridge regularly to ensure optimum performance when you need it. See also points 10 & 11.

 17 WHERE ARE YOUR LIFEJACKETS MADE?

Only ever here in the UK using only UK labour at our UK factory, using UK, European and US parts. No items are sub contracted to low wage countries. We fully control our own production and testing in house.

 18 WHAT SHOULD I REGULARLY SELF CHECK ON MY LIFEJACKET?

Always before use:
1. Ensure the cylinder & cartridge on the auto is fully screwed up hand tight.
2. Check all safety clips & buttons are attached to the operating head. NB Do not attempt to refit detached parts, new parts must be fitted.
3. Once or twice a year blow it up by mouth and leave over night to check for leaks.
4. Check webbings and buckles are not worn & are correctly threaded up.
5. Make sure the dust cap is on the oral tube.

 19 IF I WEAR A CROTCH STRAP DOES THAT MEAN I CAN LEAVE THE BELT LOOSE?

No, a crotch strap contrary to popular opinion does not keep an insecure lifejacket in place. A crotch strap only aids you when the lifejacket is fully tightened and only then in water. It will improve your flotation angle dramatically and allow you to adopt the foetal survival position more comfortably by “sitting” into the webbing. You must never leave a belt or harness loose there is danger of the lifejacket flipping over your head if the belt is insecure. Always fasten your lifejacket tightly.

 20 MY BELT SEEMS LOOSE BUT I CANNOT ADJUST IT ANYMORE, WHY?

The keeper loop or tri-glide buckle, which secures the webbing free end has become trapped inside the jacket or has locked against the buckle. Remove the lifejacket locate the keeper and move it away from the buckle or the inner cover.

 21 THE WEBBING ON MY STEEL INTERLOCK BUCKLES SLIPS, WHY?

You have interlocked the buckles incorrectly; the sequence is right hand buckle through the BACK of the left hand buckle, as you are wearing the lifejacket. Never put the right buckle through the top of the left buckle, it will not lock off. To aid fastening tilt buckles up with the left hand whilst pulling webbing with the right hand, secure all webbing ends into keepers after adjusting for fit.

 22 WHEN DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE LIFEJACKET?

The replace by date of a lifejacket depends on treatment, servicing, storage & usage conditions. It is possible though unlikely that you can mistreat & damage a lifejacket within a very short time of purchase to such an extent that it becomes unserviceable immediately. Also heavy professional or commercial use dramatically reduces lifespan. For an average non commercial user who regularly follows the instructions in the Owners Manual regarding servicing, storage & use will be advised by a professional Service Station after each service of the condition of the lifejacket. It is strongly advised that any recommendations are carried out, but in all cases at the very latest, on the tenth anniversary of purchase the lifejacket it should be replaced, regardless of actual use. Please Note: We cannot guarantee the conditions of use and Parmaris Ltd., do not offer any warranty, actual or implied for misuse, mistreatment including failure to service, inadvertent inflation, accidental or malicious damage and fair wear & tear. Maintenance of the lifejacket is the responsibility of the owner/purchaser; see the Owners Manual for our recommendations & regimes. Commercial users must comply with legislation, manufacturers recommendations & service notes at all times without deviation.

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