4-8. Cleaning and Servicing the life Preserver
(1) Rinse thoroughly in clean water and dry all
preservers exposed to salt water. While drying, the cells will
remain inflated and will have the cylinders attached; hand
the containers separately to dry.
(2) Wash soiled preservers in a mild soap and w arm
water solution. A soft brush may be used but care should
be taken not to damage the fabric.
(3) After washing, thoroughly air-dry the preserver.
(4) Repack the preservers, using talc dust to prevent
adhesion and chafing of the material.
Extreme care should be taken when in serting
or removing the CO2 cylinder to prevent the
sealant from reaching and blocking the inside
of the valve.
(1) For cylinder valve assemblies (fig. 2-7) having
no set screw to secure the CO2, cylinder, apply thread
sealant to cylinder threads after they have been engaged
from one to two full turns. After applying the sealant, hand-
tighten the cylinders and remove all excess sealant.
(2) When a CO2 cylinder is replaced, secure the valve