Drowning is preventable! Approximately 400 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many. As summer has arrived, swimming becomes a perfect way to cool down, but we must keep water safety measures in mind!
- Learning is the Best Lifesaver
Could you survive a sudden and unexpected fall into the water? Make sure you and your family members learn to swim.
- Know Your Limits
Make sure children wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFD) in and around the water. If you’re not completely confident in the water, wear a PFD! It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Supervise Children
Always supervise children around the water – make sure children are within arm's reach! It’s also very important to be free of alcohol, drugs and distractions.
- Be a Smart Boater
Always boat sober, it is the law. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related fatalities. Lifejackets are like seat belts. Always wear your lifejacket or PFD when in a boat.
- Preparation is Key
You can save a life. Take a CPR and First Aid class and learn the skills to deal with an emergency.
- Don’t swim alone
Bring a friend and make smart choices when choosing where to swim this summer before you get in the water.
Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and follow these preventative measures to assure your safety in the water this summer!