Keep your children safe around water

Did you know that one of the leading causes of death in children ages 1 to 4 is drowning? Children can drown very quickly and quietly, even in just a few centimetres of water.

If you’re going to make a splash with the kids this weekend, make sure young children and inexperienced swimmers always wear an approved flotation device when playing around water. Swimming aids such as armbands and floating seats are not intended to save lives.

Here are some more tips to help keep your children safe around water:

  • Help your children learn about water safety by signing them up for a swimming and water safety program, sign yourself up for first aid training to learn basic lifesaving skills.
  • Lock access to all water (even shallow portable pools) when an adult is not present.
  • Choose a safe place to swim, such as a supervised beach or public swimming pool. Check with your municipality for health and safety notices before wading into the water. This can include warnings about water pollution levels or a strong undertow.

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