Peel Regional Police : use the Lifejackets
Lifejackets do not work if you do not wear them. Drowning can happen in less than 30 seconds. Grab your lifejacket or flotation device before you hit the water this summer.
There is an average of 166 preventable water-related deaths occurring each year in Ontario.
Sunday, July 21, 2019, is the start of National Drowning Prevention Week. The warmer months continue to account for the majority of drowning deaths in Ontario. Have a plan in place and practice water safety.
Lakes are the most common site for drowning fatalities at 34%. In 2018, the Peel Regional Police Marine Unit had 142 calls for service, including 15 search and rescue calls and some impaired operators. The Marine Unit urges everyone to be cold water smart, boat and swim sober, take swimming and boating lessons, prepare your vessel before heading out on the water and always wear your lifejacket regardless of the water activity.
Here are some safety tips to stay water safe this summer.
- Never swim alone. Swim with a friend or family member.
- Never take your eyes off children near water.
- Always take a floatation device or wear a lifejacket just in case you get tired.
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Do not consume alcohol while in or on the water.
- Float on your back to conserve energy.