Recreation services promoting safety

Enderby and area residents are being urged to take part in National Lifejacket Day

Enderby and area residents are being urged to think safety before hitting the water.

National Lifejacket Day is Thursday.

“We are hoping you’ll join our aim to create awareness on the importance of being safe in, on and around the water,” said Sheryl Hay, recreation co-ordinator with Enderby and District Recreation Services.

The aquatic leadership team and Buckles, the personal flotation device mascot, will be in the Enderby and Grindrod schools Thursday presenting all of the latest trends in lifejackets and showing how to properly wear and care for them.

Residents are also encouraged to wear a PFD to work, school, sports events or shopping Thursday.

“When asked, ‘Why are you wearing a lifejacket,’ you are creating that awareness on the importance of having one,” said Hay.

All participants will be entered into a draw for prizes, including a youth or adult lifejacket and swim passes to the Enderby pool.

Every year, more than 400 Canadians die from water-related incidents and more than 80 per cent were not wearing a lifejacket or PFD.

“Enderby and area is surrounded by rivers and lakes and we endeavor to promote the prevention of water-related injuries and fatalities,” sad Hay.