June 4-11, 2016, is Water Safety Week, 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.
A high percentage of these preventable water-related fatalities consist of young children, almost always due to lack of or adequate supervision.
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 your children:
- The absence of effective adult supervision is a factor in 75 per cent 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 per cent of fatalities involving backyard pools.
- Above-ground backyard pools are especially dangerous for small children, and were associated with 38 per cent of all deaths by drowning in home pools involving children less than 10 years of age.
While the ability to swim is important, swimming skills alone aren’t always enough to save a life. Learning water safety is key to preventing an emergency in or on the water, and also teaches what to do if you find yourself in an emergency situation. The Red Cross Swim
program teaches both swimming skills, and water safety knowledge and skills – the most effective combination in preventing water–related injuries and fatalities. Stay safe this summer and ensure your knowledge and certifications are up-to-date by signing up for a course
or viewing our safety tips