Date: September 19, 2017

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Be Water Wise - Take the #WhyIWill Lifejacket Challenge

This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 10:57 AM

Sarnia, ON - When in, on or near water, be prepared to expect the unexpected by wearing a lifejacket.

In an effort to promote the lifejacket safety message, Lambton Water Wise, a local community partnership, is encouraging Lambton County residents to use the hashtag #WhyIWill and share the reasons "Why I Will Wear a Lifejacket" on Facebook and Twitter this summer.

"Doing something as simple as sharing #WhyIWill could save a life," emphasizes Lisa Clark, Health Promoter with Lambton Public Health. "Drowning deaths are most often preventable. Sharing the message can reduce the risk and generate awareness."
According to the 2016 Ontario Drowning Report, not wearing a lifejacket is one of the leading causes of drowning-related deaths in Canada. In two recent drowning deaths on the Great Lakes, victims were not wearing their lifejackets.

"People don't think their canoe will tip or that they won't be able to swim in certain currents, water temperatures or distance. In reality, they can become helpless very quickly," adds Clark. "We hear lots of reasons why people don't wear lifejackets. We want people to tell us #WhyIWill wear one."

Take the challenge and follow Lambton Public Health on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on water safety, visit lambtonhealth.on.ca or call 519-383-8331 or toll-free 1-800-667-1839.

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Please contact:
Kelley Elliott
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
519-344-2062 ext. 2246
Kelley.elliott@county-lambton.on.ca