Water safety

Photo courtesy of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Photo courtesy of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Water safety
Adapted by Nila Gopaul
Level 3
June 2010

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
around water.

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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.