Water Smart® Tips for this July Long Weekend
As Canadians celebrate Canada's birthday this weekend, the Lifesaving Society wants to remind residents of Alberta and the Northwest Territories to keep these four Water Smart® key messages in mind:
Stay Within Arms' Reach and Provide Active Adult Supervision - whether at a lake, river, pool or bathtub, closely and constantly watch children when they are in or around any type of water. Consider designating an adult to supervise children swimming. Always keep young children within arms' reach of an adult. Most children were alone and playing near water when they fell in and drowned.
Don't Drink and Drown - alcohol consumption is a major risk factor in boating-related fatalities. Alcohol influences balance, coordination, and judgement, and its effects are heightened by sun exposure, wind, waves and dehydration, making it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble.
Always Wear a Lifejacket - not wearing a lifejacket is a major risk factor in boating-related fatalities. Check the label to confirm the lifejacket is Transport Canada approved. Ensure it is the correct size and fits snugly. The Lifesaving Society strongly advocates for the wearing of lifejackets as the most effective tool to reduce boating-related drownings in Canada.
Don't Boat or Swim Alone - boating or swimming alone is a major risk factor in swimming and boating-related fatalities. Never swim or boat alone. Make sure older children swim with a buddy every time.
For more information, please contact us at Experts@LifeSaving.org or (780) 415-1755
We hope you have a wonderful Canada Day!