Get water smart during Water Safety Week June 2-9, 2018.
North Vancouver has a variety of different types of outdoor and indoor water areas to enjoy this summer and with that water comes risks. Every year, approximately 525 Canadians die needlessly in unintentional water-related fatalities.
As part of Red Cross Water Safety Week, June 2-9, we have compiled a list of ways to keep you and your family safe while still enjoying the water. Follow these 12 tips to ensure safety for you and your family around the water. Be sure to check out more lifesaving tips from the Red Cross.
1. The absence of adult supervision is a factor in most child drownings.
2. Whether it’s a pool, bathtub, water park, or beach; always watch children around water - even if they can swim.
3. Consider requiring all non-swimmers to wear a life jacket to keep them floating at the surface.
4. Ensure backyard pools are completely enclosed with a self-closing, self-latching gate. North Vancouver regulations state that the pool must be self-contained, the fence must be at least 3 feet 6 inches high with no opening greater than 4 inches or with no toeholds or openings to make climbing easier and a self-closing gate with a spring latch on the pool side.
5. Empty portable toddler pools and remove ladders from above ground pools, after each use.
6. When bathing infants or toddlers, an adult should remain with the child at all times – children should never be relied upon to supervise other children in the bath.
7. When a child is in the bathtub, never leave for any momentary distraction, such as answering the phone.
8. Diving head-first into water should be avoided unless the individual is properly trained and is sure the water is deep enough (2.7m).
9. Avoid diving into home pools and always entre water feet-first.
10. Never underestimate the power of the current. Swimmers or waders can be swept away in an instant, particularly if non swimmers or weak swimmers get caught by currents in rivers or out of their depth in abrupt drop-offs.
11. Always swim with a buddy and check weather conditions before heading out.
12. Life jackets are like seatbelts, they only work if you wear them and wear them properly.
At NVRC, our I Can Swim programs teach both swimming and water safety skills – the most effective combination in preventing water-related injuries and fatalities. Check out our range of swim programs.