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482 Inflatable SAR Vest (LPU-28A/P)

482 Inflatable SAR Vest (LPU-28A/P) Owner's Manual

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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS

The products offered for sale by LSC are intended for use in rescue operations and survival . Inherent to all rescue and survival environments is an increased risk of injury and/or possible death to an individual or group of individuals. The equipment offered by LSC is intended to aid the professional rescuer(s) and/or survival victim(s). However, the risk of injury or death cannot be completely eliminated or foreseen. Equipment training, maintenance and continual reviews of user proficiency is vital to the proper and safe use of all rescue and survival equipment. It is the responsibility of the purchasing and end-user organization or individual to:

  • Determine the suitability of equipment for the selected application.
  • Define the operational procedures and safety guidelines associated with the proper utilization, maintenance (including service life) and storage of the rescue and survival equipment.
  • Ensure that all individuals are thoroughly trained and familiarized with the intended purpose, correct use and function, and serviceability of the equipment.
  • Ensure that the equipment is properly maintained, inspected, and ready for use at all times.
  • Changes to the configuration of or modifications to LSC products are not authorized by Lifesaving Systems Corp. and are not recommended.

Deviations from these warnings and cautions may result in serious injury or death.

  • The Inflatable SAR Vest #482 is a compact, light, over-the-head, Rescue Swimmer’s inflatable flotation device.
  • Designed to provide flotation characteristics found in  Type 1 life preservers yet give the Rescue Swimmer the freedom to perform their duties and swim without encumbrance.
  • The Inflatable SAR Vest produces a positive (face up) righting moment  with 35 lbs. of buoyancy.
  • The Vest is normally inflated with a 33 gram CO2 cylinder (#484), or can be orally inflated with air through its oral tube.
  • The vest is built from  420-denier nylon suitable for continuous wear.
  • The vest contains a replaceable bladder.
  • The vest incorporates all currently approved changes to the U S Navy’s LPU-28A/P Rescue Swimmer Vest including the PRC-125 Radio Modification.
  • The US Navy has approved this vest for all USN Aviation and Surface Rescue Swimmers.
  • The vest utilizes a 33-gram CO2 cylinder (#484), included. (NSN 4240-01-463-0197)
  • One year Limited Warranty, see catalog for details.
Note:

Before placing in service, and thereafter once a year, LSC strongly recommends an in-water functional test of the Vest, to familiarize the user with the flotation characteristics and to ensure proper functioning of the CO2 inflation mechanism. The test should be performed in the shallow end of a pool by actuating the CO2 inflation lanyard. Functional testing will require the replacement of the CO2 cylinder.

  1. Prior to donning, check entire vest for evidence of damage.
  2. The user shall assure that the valve assembly-firing arm is positioned in the full-up / armed position, and the activation lanyard is snapped in place.
  3. Remove the CO2 cylinder and check the bottom for pin puncture in the seal of the cylinder.
  4. if cylinder  is punctured, discard the punctured CO2  and install  new cylinder fully into the inflator housing (snug 1/4 turn after seat contact).
  5. Place vest over the head, secure and adjust the waist belt to fit snugly, tuck the excess belt under the flotation.
  6. The vest may be inflated orally, or by the manual activation of the CO2 cylinder.
  7. To orally inflate, pull the oral inflation tube out, which is located on the left front of the vest.
  8. Press down on the valve and blow into the tube until the vest is filled and firm.
  9. To inflate with the CO2 manually, sharply pull the beaded lanyard downward. (Lanyard is located on the lower left backside of vest.

While LSC has designed and manufactured the inflatable to be as reliable as possible, periodic testing and inspection are necessary to ensure functional reliability. The frequency of the inspection should be determined by the frequency and condition of use. However, the inspection should not exceed six (6) months.

  1. Inspect the entire vest, fabric, webbing, hardware and other components for damage and corrosion.
  2. Ensure that the inflator lever is in the up (armed) position.
  3. Remove the CO2 cylinder and check the bottom for pin puncture in the seal of the cylinder. Discard the CO2 cylinder if punctured and install new cylinder fully into the inflator housing (1/4 turn after seat contact).
  1. Pull beaded lanyard to inflate the bladder, vest should inflate in 1 to 2 seconds.
  2. Deflate the cell by depressing the valve on top of the oral tube.
  3. After deflation, reinstall charged CO2 cylinder.
  4. Inflate the bladder through the oral tube with a low -pressure air source (2 PSI max.) or by oral inflation. 
Caution:

DO NOT OVER INFLATE. Damage to the bladder can result from over inflation. Deflate and store oral tube.

  1. Inflate the bladder through the oral tube with a low -pressure air source.
  2. Adjust bladder pressure to 2 PSI with a reliable gauge.
  3. Recheck pressure after 15 minutes and adjust to 2 PSI if necessary.
  4. After four (4) hours, recheck the bladder pressure.
  5. If the bladder has lost more than .40 PSI, recheck for leaks, repair and repeat inspection.
  6. Replace the bladder if unable to repair and re-inspect.
  7. Deflate the bladder.

Lifesaving Systems Corporation (LSC) has set forth the following recommendations for Life Limits on LSC Manufactured products.  These recommended service life limits are conditional upon documented maintenance and inspections performed in accordance with minimum recommendations set forth in LSC product owner’s manuals.  LSC will not recertify or perform maintenance actions on products determined to be beyond these limits.

Recommended Service Life Limits

Inflatables:  Inflatables manufactured by LSC have a recommended service life limit of fifteen (15) years from Date of Manufacture or ten (10) years from the date placed in service – whichever shall occur first.

Harnesses/Load Bearing Materials:  Rescue harnesses and load bearing webbing products manufactured by LSC for use in Human External Cargo (HEC) operations have a recommended service life limit of fifteen (15) years from Date of Manufacture or twelve (12) years from the date placed in service – whichever shall occur first. 

TSO/ATSO Approved Product Service Life: As marked on the attached label – typically 10 years from the DOM.

Steel Products: Welded steel, mechanically compressed, or assembled steel products* manufactured by LSC for use in Human External Cargo (HEC) operations have a recommended service life limit of twenty-five (25) years from Date of Manufacture or twenty (20) years from the date placed in service* – whichever shall occur first.

* this policy does not apply to hoist hooks installed on aircraft.

This policy does not supersede or alter LSC’s Limited Warranty Terms.

Your Warranty

LSC products are warranted to the first consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of twelve (12) months.

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