Pool and water safety prevents drowning

Life saving safety tips from Health Canada

Did you know that children can drown very quickly and quietly, and in just a few centimetres of water? Also, children ages 1 to 4 are most at risk of drowning in pools at home.

The summer is has only just begun and there have already been already several tragic deaths water-related deaths that very likely could have been prevented.

Tips to help keep your kids safe around water

  • Learn basic lifesaving skills by taking first aid training.
  • Help your children learn about water safety by signing them up for a swimming and water safety program.
  • Make sure that young children, and anyone who cannot swim well, always wear an approved lifejacket or personal flotation device when playing around water.
  • Watch children closely while they are swimming or playing in or near water, even when they are using swimming aids such as armbands, floating seats, or water wings and neck rings. These devices are not intended to save lives. Swimming aids can give a false sense of security, which can result in children not being supervised properly.

Swimming pools at home

  • If you have a pool at home, put toys away after pool time. Leaving toys in or around the pool can tempt children to go get them and put themselves in danger.
  • Keep lifesaving equipment (such as a safety ring with a rope) and a first aid kit near the pool.
  • Check with your city or town to learn the rules for building a pool fence.
  • Keep toys, garden furniture and tools away from the pool fence. Children can climb up on these items to get over the fence and into the pool.

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