Supervise your children near water

From the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service

If you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far.

When a child is near the water, you need to be near them . . . within arms’ reach.

The absence of effective adult supervision is a factor in 75 percent of deaths by drowning for children under the age of 10.

Whether it’s in a pool, the bathtub, or the beach, children should always be actively supervised–even if they can swim.

Consider requiring all non-swimmers to wear a life-jacket or PFD (Personal Flotation Device) to keep them at the surface to assist you while supervising.

Backyard pools are especially dangerous for small children.

Ensure adequate barriers are in place such as four-sided fencing along with a self-closing, self-latching gate.

Empty portable toddler pools after each use.

Water safety–it starts with you!