North Okanagan parents are urged to focus on water safety and drowning prevention.
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury related deaths for Canadian children.
“Ninety per cent of all shallow drowning’s occur when an adult is not supervising,” states an Interior Health Authority release.
Key water safety tips to prevent childhood drowning are:
n Active supervision is key. Kids overestimate their skills and underestimate their environments like water depth or strength of current.
n Young children under five and weak swimmers should wear lifejackets when they are in, on or around the water.
n Install a four-sided pool fence around your backyard pool. Researchers estimate that seven out of 10 child drownings can be prevented with four-sided pool fencing.
n While it doesn’t replace active adult supervision, swimming lessons allow children to gain confidence around water and learn swimming strokes and water skills.
n Get trained in water skills, swimming skills, CPR and first aid. It could help save a life.