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OPP reminds public to stay safe around water

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The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public to stay safe around water during the summer season and beyond. July 15-21, 2018 is National Drowning Prevention Week.

Swimming and water play are part of a healthy, active lifestyle that families often participate in, particularly during the summer months.

Approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury related death for Canadian children. Approximately 60 children drown in Canada every year. Approximately 140 children suffer from near-drowning related incidents yearly.

There are things that you can do to ensure that you and your family members stay safe this summer:

  • Learn to swim;
  • Enroll children in swimming lessons;
  • Actively supervise children when they are in or around the lake or pool;
  • Install proper pool fencing if you own a pool;
  • Ensure that children are wearing life jackets at all times; and
  • Get trained in First Aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Children in the five to 14 year age group are at an increased risk because they may overestimate their own skills, underestimate the depth of the water or strength of the current, or respond to a dare from a friend.

If you would like more information about water safety and drowning prevention, you may wish to visit www.parachutecanada.org and www.lifesavingsociety.com.

Stay safe this summer.

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