Water safety

Photo courtesy of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Photo courtesy of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Level 3
June 2010

Special thanks to the
Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program
and to the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit
for permission to adapt material.

Each year in BC, about 43 people drown.
You drown if your lungs fill with water
and you cannot breathe.

Where do people drown?
In swimming pools,
in natural waters such as rivers, lakes and oceans,
and in bathtubs.
Always have an adult watch babies and children.

Read the PDF.

Babies and small children can drown in 2.5 cm of water. Photo: iStockphoto

Babies and small children can drown in 2.5 cm of water.
Photo: iStockphoto

50% of children who drown are alone.  No one is there to help. Photo: iStockphoto

50% of children who drown are alone. No one is there to help.
Photo: iStockphoto

Take swimming lessons. Photo: iStockphoto

Take swimming lessons.
Photo: iStockphoto

Other swimming safety tips:

  • Have a first aid kit and a telephone with you.
  • Make sure you have lifejackets for everyone.
  • Be your child’s lifeguard.

More tips on swimming and water safety from the Red Cross. 

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