With the summer in full swing and National Drowning Prevention Week coming up next week (July 17th-23rd) we would like to take the time to remind you to about water safety. According to the Lifesaving Society, approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Some groups at particular risk include adults between 20 and 34, and children under 10.
Whether you’re relaxing near a backyard pool, the lake at the cottage, the ocean, a river or right here at the Montpetit pool there are a few things you should take into account:
- If you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far. Never leave a child alone, around any body of water
- Make sure children and weaker swimmers wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFD) in and around the water
- Keep safety equipment and a phone close by or with you
- When you’re on guard, you are sober. Supervise and swim with children only when free of alcohol, drugs and distractions
- Keep alcohol separate from swimming and boating. 1 in 3 drowning deaths in Canada occur to individuals who have consumed alcohol
- Enjoy safe boating. Make sure that you, your family members and/or friends always wear a properly sized lifejacket/PFD when in a boat
- Lifejackets are like seat belts. Buckle up when boating
- Know what to do in an emergency, including CPR and calling 9-1-1
- Enroll yourself and your children in swimming lessons or swim camp
- Swim in supervised environments. Come join us for a swim at the Montpetit Pool
Getting out and enjoy the summer weather with friends and family is a great leisurely activity but remember to always take precautions. If you would like more info we have a ton of resources for you from various sources below.