Water Safety Week, June 2-9

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Water Safety Week is an annual campaign to educate Canadians on how to stay safe around water and prevent drowning incidents. Every year, approximately 520 Canadians die needlessly in unintentional water-related fatalities.

While you enjoy the summer months at cottages, lakes, and pools with your family, it’s important to keep these statistics and safety tips in mind to ensure the safety of our children:

  • The absence of effective adult supervision is a factor in 75 percent of deaths by drowning for children under the age of 10. Whether it’s in a pool, the bathtub, or the beach, children should always be actively supervised – even if they can swim.
  • Children aged one to four accounted for 42 percent of fatalities involving backyard pools, and 38 per cent of all deaths by drowning in home pools involved children less than 10 years of age.

Stay safe this summer and ensure your knowledge by signing up for a swimming course at your local community center or with the Canadian Red Cross.

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