June 19, 2006
Media Release

This summer stay safe in and around the water

NEWMARKET –  With the weather getting warmer and children’s thoughts turning to swimming and water play, it’s time for adults to think about the safety precautions that can prevent the high numbers of drowning and near-drowning incidents that occur every year. Drowning is the second leading cause of death among Ontario children under five years of age, and each summer day, seven additional people visit Ontario emergency rooms with water-related injuries.
For every child who drowned in 2002-2003, there were 6 to 10 more near-drowning incidents that required hospitalization.  A child can drown in as little as 2 inches (5 centimetres) of water in just 10 seconds, and drowning victims rarely call or signal for help.
The following safety precautions can help ensure your child’s safety when near water:
• Actively supervise your child when he/she is around water
• Never let your child swim alone - make sure they always swim in supervised areas
• If your child is under 5, keep them within arms reach at all times when in or near water
• Swimming lessons, though they do not guarantee safety, are a smart precaution.  Adults should consider a course on pool safety, first aid or lifesaving skills
• Make sure your child wears a properly fitted life jacket
Have a safe and fun summer season, keeping in mind the above precautions, and enjoy your time around Ontario’s beaches and pools.
For more information on water safety or any other heath-related questions, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Pager (905) 830-3302
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca


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