The use of personal watercraft (PWC) has increased dramatically during the past decade as have the speed and mobility of the watercraft. A similar dramatic increase in PWC-related injury and death has occurred simultaneously. No one younger than 16 years should operate a PWC. The operator and all passengers must wear US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices. Other safety recommendations are suggested for parents and pediatricians.
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American Academy of Pediatrics| February 01 2000
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Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention; Personal Watercraft Use by Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics February 2000; 105 (2): 452–453. 10.1542/peds.105.2.452
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