The importance of water safety
The summer months are synonymous with swimming and having fun in the water.
However, according to Safe Kids Canada, drowning is leading cause of injury death each year in Canada and the worst part of that fact is that many of these deaths could have been avoided.
There are many things you can do, whether you are at the cottage, at the beach, on the boat, at the swimming pool or live nearby to someone who has a pool, to make sure your children have fun but stay safe when enjoying the water. Below are some tips to ensure you all have a safe summer by the water:
- There should always be an adult present anytime kids are in any body of water, even if your children are older and know how to swim. This is because a small child can drown in seconds in as little as two-and-a-half centimetres of water and teens, despite knowing how to swim, can bump their heads and be knocked unconscious, which can cause them to go under.
- If you own a pool, make sure you have a fence at the height required by law (varies in each city but is generally no less than four feet) that goes around the entire perimeter of the pool and that has a lock and self-latching gate.
- When in larger bodies of water, such as a lake, parents or an adult should always be swimming at least within an arm’s length of the children, who should be wearing a life jacket. This includes wearing one near any water, whether on a boat, near the pool or on the beach.
- Prevention is always the best defence when it comes to water safety. Put your children in swimming lessons and be prepared if something does occur by learning CPR. If an accident does occur, administrating CPR could mean the difference between life and death while you wait for the paramedics to arrive.