Keep Your Head Above Water

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Not a strong swimmer? Grab your lifejacket or floatation device before you hit the water this summer. Drowning can happen in less than 30 seconds.

There is an average of 160 preventable water-related deaths occurring each year in Ontario.

Sunday, July 15, 2018, was the start of National Drowning Prevention Week. The warmer months continue to account for the majority of drowning deaths in Ontario. Have a plan in place and practice water safety.

Lakes are the most common site for drowning fatalities at 44%.  In May 2018, Peel Regional Police Marine Unit rescued a man from his sailboat during the intense wind storm on Lake Ontario. The sailboat was suffering from mechanical issues while battling high winds and large waves. The weather can change rapidly and become dangerous. The Marine Unit urges everyone to wear a lifejacket regardless of the water activity.

Here are some safety tips to keep your head above the water.

  1. Never swim alone. Swim with a friend or family member.
  2. Never take your eyes off children near water.
  3. Always take a floatation device or wear a lifejacket just in case you get tired.
  4. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  5. Do not consume alcohol while in the water.
  6. Float on your back to conserve energy.

 

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