When it comes to water safety, a few small changes can lead to a considerable reduction in the number of drowning deaths each year. Hundreds of Canadians lose their lives in drowning events annually. Despite efforts to improve water safety and awareness, Ontario continues to have the highest number of drowning deaths in the country.
Over the past 40 years, the OMA has been working to raise awareness of water safety in order to lower the incidence of these preventable deaths. To date, the OMA has engaged in a number of water safety education initiatives which cover the range of drowning hazards from boating, to falling through ice, to backyard pool safety.
OMA has six key recommendations, which focus on keeping children safe when they’re playing in or around water.
A multi-pronged approach to drowning prevention that includes survival skills, swimming lessons, adult supervision, the use of lifejackets, and four-sided pool barriers is recommended by the OMA and other experts in the field.
The OMA hopes that we can all work together to keep Ontario’s children safe in and around the water.