Water Safety

Over 400 Canadians drown every year. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children under 5 years of age. Kids 5-9 years of age are the second most at risk group. Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death for all Canadians under 60 years of age. To put it into perspective for every person who dies in a fire, 3 other drown

Did you know:

  • Drowning victims rarely call or signal for help because they can’t keep their head or arms above the water.
  • Drowning is usually silent. Usually when someone drowns, they slip beneath the surface of the water quickly and quietly
  • Drowning can occur in just inches of water
  • Adults 25 to 49 years continue to account for the largest absolute number of water-related deaths. Men account for 8 out every 10 drowning victims (81%)
  • Swim skills are not innate – they need to be taught – and all children deserve the chance to learn
  • The majority of drowning victims can swim (69%). So while learning to swim is important, further water survival and lifesaving skills are needed to be “Water Smart”
  • Two thirds of drowning victims did not intend to get wet. This includes boating and non-aquatic activities
  • Most toddlers drown in backyard pools Toddlers natural curiosity combined with an almost magnetic attraction to water means they have a high risk of drowning anytime they’re near water – natural and man made
  • Drowning can take as little as ten seconds and will occur in just inches of water – in bathtubs, wading pools, wells, even buckets

Are you prepared for your next water related event?

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Last Updated: September 24, 2015. Broken links or incorrect information? Let us know!