National Drowning Prevention Week

The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July as National Drowning Prevention Week, a recognition week aimed at water safety and drowning prevention.

Each year, more than 400 Canadians die in preventable water related incidents. This is a staggering number, especially given the fact one death is one too many. Together, we can lower this statistic by keeping water safety a priority this summer.

Over 400 Canadians die in preventable water related incidents annually
Most drownings in children occur when supervision is absent or distracted


Be water-safe this summer

Here are a few water-safety tips from Lambton Shores Fire and Emergency Services:

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Always supervise children around water. If you’re not within arm’s reach, you’ve gone too far

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Open water

Never underestimate the power of current. Be cautious when swimming in open water and know what to do if caught in a current

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Always wear a life jacket when in a boat of any kind, or if you are not a strong swimmer. Choose it. Use it

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Learn CPR

CPR is a lifesaving skill. Find a local course and learn CPR so you’re trained and ready

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Stay sober

Alcohol consumption is a factor in many water related fatalities. Both alcohol and cannabis impair balance, judgement, and reflexes. Stay sober in, on, or around water

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Rip Currents

Rips are strong currents that often start near the shore and push out, taking swimmers from shallow water to deeper water.

Learn more about Rip Currents

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