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Safety on the Water and Drowning Prevention

Most of us take extra precautions when we’re with children around water. But what about adults? Are we cautious enough? Even a good swimmer can find themselves in a risky situation when underestimating the strength and depth of the water. In most cases, drowning is preventable. By taking the proper precautions, you can ensure your own safety, and the safety of those around you.
Here are some things you can do to be safe around the water:
  • Never swim alone.
  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons or classes.
  • Wear a properly fitting lifejacket when doing any water activities such as fishing, boating, or waterskiing.
  • Make children wear lifejacket during all times when on a boat or dock. 
  • Avoid alcohol, especially when supervising children.
  • Have a phone nearby and know what to do in case of emergencies.
  • Complete a pleasure craft operator course if you plan to operate a boat.
  • Never operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Ensure that all individuals on a boat, especially children, have and use a properly fitting lifejacket.
  • At home: never leave a baby or child unattended in the bath tub.
For more information on drowning prevention; or to find out about CPR classes in your area, visit the Canadian Red Cross website.

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