/R E P E A T -- Lifesaving Society introduces new tool to help parents and caregivers save lives this summer/

Proper supervision is key: 58% of Ontario drowning victims under age five were alone near water; 56% drowned while supervision was distracted1

TORONTO, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ - School holidays are about to start, the long weekend is upon us, and the Lifesaving Society wants parents to ask the question "who's on guard?" when kids are in and around water this summer. Drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10, and children under five are particularly at risk. The Lifesaving Society has developed a new tool to remove any doubt about who is responsible for supervising the children and to provide tips to help them supervise effectively; with a goal of reducing accidents or death by drowning.

What:



Parents and children demonstrating the new tool




Photo opportunity with toddlers playing at the beach near the water while parents demonstrate the new tool; Barbara Byers, Lifesaving Society demonstrates "what not to wear" when it comes to personal flotation devices for children




Who:



One-on-one interviews available with:




Barbara Byers, Public Education Director for the Lifesaving Society and Toronto Lifeguards





When:



Wednesday, June 25, 2014




Announcement from Barbara Byers at 10:30 a.m.




Interviews available between 10:40 a.m. and 12:00 pm




**Children will be playing on the beach between 10:30 am and 12:00 pm




Where:



Woodbine Beach




1675 Lakeshore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M1P 4N7




Public parking is available on site

Reference
1. Ontario Drowning Report. Prepared for the Lifesaving Society by the Drowning Prevention Research Centre. 2014 Edition.

SOURCE Lifesaving Society

For further information: To arrange interviews, confirm your attendance, or for further information, please contact:Sonia Prashar, 416-560-6753; or Stephanie Kovacs, 905-949-8255 x 244, (cell 905-929-7557), stephanie@praxispr.ca