“The risk of drowning increases with the wave of long weekend water activities,” says Bari-based Otli Vigmund.
With the temperatures rising and the long weekend (Civil Holiday) approaching, it’s time to make plans for a dip in the pool, a day at the beach, or a lakeside vacation.
Sunscreen, beach towels, and a cooler full of snacks and drinks – these are important ingredients to consider for your next day on the water.
But the most important thing you should bring with you is water safety awareness.
With one of Canada’s longest beaches, 250,000 freshwater lakes, hundreds of municipal swimming pools, and the popularity of backyard pools, Ontarians have plenty of options to cool off and have fun.
Unfortunately, as statistics show, the risk of drowning increases with the wave of long weekend water activities.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, drowning is responsible for more deaths among children between the ages of one and four than any other cause. Next to this age group, men between the ages of 15 and 44 are at the highest risk of drowning.
What many of us don’t know is that most drowning victims slip silently below the water’s surface, without having time to wave their arms or shout for help.
Drowning occurs quickly and quietly.
Every summer, tragic and avoidable water-related deaths occur across Canada. To prevent this kind of tragedy for you and your family, Oatley Vigmond, an Ontario personal injury law firm, urges you to put these 10 essential water safety tips first:
1. Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) when on a boat – also referred to as a lifejacket or lifejacket, a personal flotation device (PFD) is worn in the form of a vest or suit and can prevent you or a loved one from sinking in body of water It is important to determine the vest’s proper size by measuring the circumference of the chest at its widest point, using this number in conjunction with the PFD manufacturer’s sizing recommendations to find the right size. Size can be found on the inside of the PFD.
2. Learn CPR or hone your life saving skills – Find reputable first aid providers in your area to review your first aid and CPR skills. canadian Red Cross, www.redcross.cais an excellent resource for courses and trainings offered nearby.
3. Use the Buddy System When Swimming – No matter how experienced you are in swimming, always double up when you’re in or around the water. Designate a responsible adult to supervise children when they swim or play in or around the water, and never leave swimmers, even experienced ones, unattended.
4. Adults should provide “touch supervision” – young children or people with limited water experience should always be kept close at hand.
5. Turn that container upside down – it only takes two inches of water to cause someone to drown. While a pool, container, or bucket can provide hours of splashing fun, it should be emptied immediately afterwards to prevent curious children from climbing back in.
6. Install enclosures around home swimming pools – Fences and enclosures around home swimming pools limit access to the pool area and can be essential in preventing drowning accidents. Consult your town or municipality for requirements.
7. If you don’t know, don’t go — you may be familiar with the lake or river you’re swimming in, but water levels can fluctuate, and currents can be unpredictable. Make sure to scope out your swimming area before diving in.
8. Water, alcohol, and drugs don’t mix — No amount of alcohol or drugs can be considered safe. While on Earth, please use caution and responsible use. While you’re on the water, whether you’re swimming or driving a boat or personal watercraft, never engage in alcohol or drugs. Recreational water sports, alcohol, and drugs are often culprits for adult drowning.
9. Never operate a boat or personal watercraft without a license – this is not only dangerous, but also against the law. Get the official Transport Canada Pleasure Craft operator card and always keep it with you when you’re on the water.
10. Always make sure your boat or personal watercraft is equipped with a working boat safety kit – never leave the dock without a kit that includes basic first aid supplies, floats, air horns, flares, blimps, flashlight, and replacement batteries as needed.