For Immediate Release
July 31, 2001
Supervisor, Healthy Lifestyles
Region of Peel
Risk of Swimming Pool Drownings Rises In August
(Brampton) - With the unusually hot and smoggy weather this summer, swimming pools have become a popular destination for children and adults alike.
However, the risk of home swimming pool drownings rises dramatically in August, and parents and caregivers should exercise extreme caution when their children are near water.
"Children are naturally attracted to water and can drown in only a few seconds," says Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel.
The home swimming pool has emerged as the leading location for toddler drownings. Lack of proper adult supervision and improper fencing and gates around the pool can be contributing factors to toddler drownings.
According to the Canadian Red Cross Society, twice as many drownings in a home pool occur in August than in any other month. Most of these drownings happen on weekends, and frequently in the afternoon.
Peel Health offers these tips to help reduce the risk of swimming mishaps:
- ALWAYS have an adult watching children in and around the pool or lake.
- Give your children your full attention.
- Take your children to swimming and water safety lessons.
- Children under three or anyone who is a poor swimmer must wear a life jacket or personal flotation device while in or near the water.
- Keep the gate around your backyard pool locked at all times.
- Check with your local town or city to learn the rules for putting up a proper fence around your pool.
- Take a course on pool safety, first aid and lifesaving (such as CPR).
For more information, call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700.
Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail
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