With sunny, warm weather predicted for this upcoming weekend, Durham Regional Police would like to caution all swimmers and boaters as we celebrate the first official weekend of summer.
Whether you’re by the pool, beach or taking your boat out for a ride, it is extremely important to be careful in, and around, water. Each year, tragic and avoidable water-related deaths occur across the country. A Canadian Red Cross report examining these fatalities over 20 years exposed many common factors:
• Children aged one to four years and men 15 to 34 years are most at risk for water-related deaths
• On average, there are 97 deaths a year from unexpected falls into water
• 80 per cent of fatalities involving children in backyard pools occurred when there was no adult supervision
Before you head out on your boat this summer, make sure to inspect your vessel. Check to make sure there are no leaks or damage to the boat and that you have all the necessary equipment on board. It is also very important to wear a life jacket or personal floatation device to prevent drowning.
Never drink alcohol while operating a boat. Alcohol impairs your body and your judgment, and in a setting where the weather and currents can chance quickly. In Ontario, you can be charged and have your driver’s licence suspended with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 if operating a watercraft while impaired.
Whether you’re in a pool or a lake, never swim alone or unsupervised. Even experienced swimmers can get cramps or become tired. If you are with a partner, you can help each other or one person can go for help if danger arises.
DRP would like to remind the public that it is never too late to learn how to swim. There are many local swimming programs and public pools to practice in across the Region. It is also a great idea to take CPR training in case an emergency situation arises.
We want you to enjoy the weather, with a splash of caution.
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