For many families in Canada, the summer months are spent on the water. From swimming to boating, there are many activities one can enjoy while the temperatures are sweltering. However, the summer is also a prime time for tragic water-related accidents and fatalities in the country. It is important to learn more about the risks and dangers of water in the summer to keep your family safe. From swimming programs offering lessons for children, to typical water safety measures, it is essential that you learn more to stay safe this summer.
Those at the greatest risk of drowning are young children ranging in age from 1 to 4 as well as men from 15 to 44. Because of this, it is recommended that young children enroll in swimming classes. Drowning is actually a leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1 to 4 in Canada. By enrolling your small child in swim lessons, they can learn how to be safe in the water, from floating to actually swimming.
Short Time Frame and Shallow Water
It only takes seconds for a small child to disappear and shallow water can cause drowning quickly. Children can drown in just centimeters of water if it covers their mouth and nose. Typical drowning occurrences take place in the bathtub, swimming pools, even toddler pools and at the beach. Children should be watched at all times to prevent them from wandering off and ending up in the water, even shallow water.
Avoiding Alcohol Consumption
When it comes to adult water-related fatalities, alcohol consumption plays a big factor. Adults seem to take more risks around the water when drinking alcohol which can include operating a boat or other pleasure crafts. Drinking alcohol can also play a role in accidents involving children as the parent may not be paying full attention to the child when in or around the water.
Active supervision is key in preventing drowning. Adults should always supervise children in or around water, be it a swimming pool, bathtub, water park, beach, etc. Even if a child can swim, they should be watched to ensure they stay safe. Non-swimmers can help increase safety by wearing a life-jacket when in the water.
When it comes to backyard swimming pools, be sure to have barriers in place so small children cannot access the swimming pool unsupervised. Toddler pools should be emptied after use to avoid future accidents. When it comes to bathing time, adults should supervise the child. Children should not be left unattended or in the hands of another child. Never become distracted as it only takes seconds for an accident to occur.
At Zodiac Swim School, we offer safety training courses and swim lessons to prepare everyone for the water. Our courses are open to children and adults of all ages and can help them learn to swim and teach them water safety. Contact our office today to learn more about the classes we provide and how to register.