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National Drowning Prevention Week: July 19-27

This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, July 21, 2014 9:26 AM

Point Edward, ON – If you're looking for water safety answers, personal floatation devices (PFDs) offer a lifesaving solution.

Every year, more than 500 Canadians die in unintentional, water-related fatalities. During National Drowning Prevention Week, July 19-27, and anytime you're in or near the water, Lambton Public Health encourages everyone to be water wise and wear a lifejacket.

"We want people to think twice because there's always an element of risk when you're around water, and especially when boating," said Lisa Clark, Health Promoter with Lambton Public Health. "Water-related trouble can happen to anyone, anytime, anyplace, but wearing a lifejacket will increase your chances of survival."

According to Parachute Canada, an injury prevention leader, 90% of shallow water drownings of children occur when an adult is not supervising. Unless an adult is within arm's reach and the child is wearing a lifejacket/personal flotation device (PFD), any incident could end in drowning.

"All it takes is seconds for a child to be pulled under the water by a wave or undercurrent," added Clark. "Parents need to be vigilant so they can prevent tragic incidents. Wearing a lifejacket or PFD is the solution."

"Think of a lifejacket/PFD as a seatbelt or a bicycle helmet; by the time something happens, it is too late to put it on. If you are not going to wear your PFD how can it help you when it is needed most?"

Let's Wear It Lambton because lifejackets:

  • Keep your head out of the water in the first few moments and you are able to get your bearings.
  • Allow you to help a frightened child, older adult or injured friend.
  • Keep you afloat to grab the side of the boat before it drifts away.
  • Let you be seen by other boaters or rescuers.
  • Help you survive shock of cold water and fight effects of hypothermia.

For information about boating, lifejackets/PFDs, and upcoming WaterWise events, visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca and click on Prevent Injuries, or call 519-344-2062 ext. 2129 or toll free 1-800-387-2882.

For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.

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Contact:
Lisa Clark
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519-344-2062 ext. 2129
email: lisa.clark@county-lambton.on.ca