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Sarnia, ON - Personal flotation devices (PFDs) will soon be available for the public to borrow at Grand Bend's Main Beach as part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge lending program.
Grand Bend follows the success of the existing initiative at Sarnia's Canatara Park, which will be enhanced to offer more PFDs to the public this summer. For the past three years, the lending program at Canatara allowed anyone, who provided photo identification, to borrow a PFD while at the Lake Huron beach.
"PFDs are just one tool to keep people safe," says Kelley Elliott, Health Promoter with Lambton Public Health, and member of Lambton County WaterWise Committee. "A PFD does not replace supervision of young children or the need for swimming lessons. Children cannot yell for help when they're drowning, so always keep them within arms' reach."
The WaterWise committee includes staff from the County of Lambton, Municipality of Lambton Shores, City of Sarnia, Ontario Provincial Police, Sarnia Fire & Rescue Services, Point Edward Fire and Rescue Services, Walpole Island Health Center, Aamjiwnaang Health Centre, Transport Canada, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
For more information on the PFD lending program call Kelley Elliott at Lambton Public Health at 519-344-2062 ext. 2129, or toll free 1-800-344-2062.
County of Lambton
519-344-2057 x 2346