Saturday, June 8, 2013
Stats indicate 80 deaths on the water each year
Released by Fraser Health Authority
are lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world with abundant
access to rivers, lakes, ocean beaches and backyard and community
pools. Whether it's swimming or boating, enjoying time with family
and friends around the water is a great way to spend warm summer
Approximately 80 people
die each year in British Columbia as a result of drowning. Drowning
can happen fast, sometimes in less than 2 minutes after a person's
head is under water. And for every drowning death there are several
more people who are injured in near drowning incidents that can
result in severe brain injury and long-term disability.
"Swimming is a lot of fun, but drowning is a real danger," says
Marcus Lem, Medical Health Officer for Fraser Health. "By following
a few safety tips, you can make sure your next water experience is a
Swim safe and don't be a statistic:
• Never swim alone.
Always swim with a buddy.
• Children require constant supervision around pools. A child
can drown in seconds in only a few inches of water.
• Never swim farther or in deeper water than you can handle.
• Never dive into unknown water. Objects may appear deeper than
• If you own a pool, install a fence around the pool with a gate
that cannot be opened by a child. Also child proof or lock doors
that open directly to a back yard pool area.
• Learn life saving techniques including artificial respiration
at your local community centre or pool.
Be vigilant out on the water:
• When boating, always
wear a lifejacket or PFD (personal flotation device) and carry
the required safety equipment in your boat.
• Get licensed - by law, all boaters need proof of operator
• Get trained - this gives you knowledge to make smart choices
on the water.
• Keep an eye on the weather - patterns can change quickly
• Avoid alcohol and drug-related injuries. Do not operate a boat
while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
For more information
visit HealthLink BC and see Safety Tips for Swimmers
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