Adhere to these water safety tips

Last summer, some friends of mine returned from the Folk Festival in Winnipeg. They informed me of a tragedy they came upon.
A child, who was just pulled from the water, was being work on by rescuers. The child never made it!
Recently, they returned from the 2001 Folk Festival in Winnipeg. Guess what? Another tragic drowning happened!
Childhood drowning and near-drowning can happen in a matter of seconds, and typically occur when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse in supervision. Small children even can drown in a bucket of water!
In Canada, there are the new boating safety regulations and equipment requirements that were introduced a while ago; and all of us have to adhere by. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) and life jackets are designed to be worn . . . they float, you don’t!
Here some general water safety tips:
•When swimming in a pool or lake/river, children always swim with a buddy and are always supervised by an adult who can swim or a trained lifeguard;
•Wading pools are covered, and preferably emptied, when not in use;
•Swimming pools nearby are enclosed with a fence that your child cannot easily climb over;
•You take steps to prevent drowning by using approved life jackets and PFDs around water and follow safe water recreation practices;
•Young children are never, ever, left alone in the bathtub;
•Buckets of water are disposed of immediately after use;
•Tap water is set at a safe temperature (a setting of 120 degrees F or less prevents scalding). Let the water run for three minutes before testing it; and
•Toilet seats and lids are kept down when the toilet is not in use.
Remember, if you never need what you learn about personal safety, you have lost nothing. But if you never learn what you need, you may lose everything . . . your family and your life!
A friendly reminder to you and your family . . . make time for water safety!
Tyler Moffitt is a part-time firefighter, and writes fire and life safety columns as a public service.

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