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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Swimming safety / Sécurité en matière de baignade

Swimming safety

    Did you know that one of the leading causes of death in children ages 1 to 4 is drowning? Carefully supervise your children, secure the area around your backyard pool and teach your children about water safety. This can help prevent serious injuries and death.

    Here are some 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.
    • Make sure young children and inexperienced swimmers always wear an approved lifejacket or personal flotation device when playing around water. Learn how to find the right lifejacket or personal flotation device for your children.
    • 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.

    Pool safety

    Every year children drown in backyard swimming pools. Children ages 1 to 4 are most at risk. Here are a few tips to secure the area around your swimming pool and help keep children safe:
    • Many children drown in unsecured backyard pools. Build a fence around your pool to help prevent drowning accidents.
    • Keep lifesaving equipment (such as a safety ring with a rope) and a first aid kit near the pool.
    • Keep a safety cover on your pool when it is not in use.
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    For more information, visit: Canada.ca/health

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