Water safety a must

The hint of warm weather provides a perfect opportunity to remind Canadians to stay safe while enjoying water activities.

The hint of warm weather provides a perfect opportunity to remind Canadians to stay safe while enjoying water activities.

Canadian Red Cross statistics show on average, more than 500 people drown every year in Canada.

The significant number of water-related fatalities reinforces the need for water safety education.

“Being out in the water can be a lot of fun, but we need to remember that accidents do happen. This is why it’s important to review a few simple water safety tips every year,” said Lindsay Olson of the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Here are some water safety tips that will help you and your family enjoy this summer:

Be aware of the risks in your region – Some areas may have significant snow melt resulting in high water flows. Be extra cautious around fast-flowing rivers and streams.

Think before you dive – Ensure water depth is at least three metres deep. Remember the depth of lakes or oceans can change due to tides or seasons.

Take precautions – Supervise children at all times; be aware of your limitations and don’t swim beyond your ability; when boating, always wear a life-jacket; don’t boat impaired; and familiarize yourself with basic lifesaving skills.