MONTREAL – Drowning can occur in as little as 10 seconds and in just inches of water – but you knew that already, right?
Quebecers are reminded each summer about the dangers of drowning, but the message isn’t always heard.
This year alone, 21 people have drowned, though the swimming season is just getting started.
“Drowning is the leading cause of preventable deaths,” said Raynald Hawkins, Director General of the Quebec Lifesaving Society.
As part of National Drowning Prevention Week, here are five tips to ensure you and your loved ones don’t become another statistic:
Never leave children alone
Stay close – within arms’ reach – in case you’re needed.
Make sure not to let your cell phones, magazines or even barbecue distract you.
Have fencing on all sides of the pool and make sure there’s no way for a child to get in if you’re not there to supervise.
I’m on a boat (with a life jacket)
If you’re going out on a boat, wear a life jackets at all times. This applies to everyone aboard, regardless of age (or species).
Don’t drink and drive
Don’t – or at least limit – alcohol consumption during water-related activities.