- Drowning is a leading cause of death in Canada -
LETHBRIDGE, AB, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - This Sunday, John Blaicher, one of
Canada's leading water and snowmobile safety experts, will jump through a hole
in frozen Henderson Lake for the second year in a row. Why?
Canada's home, car and business insurers want hockey players,
snowmobilers and all Canadians to know the cold, hard facts about ice safety,
and to be aware of ice rescue tips that could save their lives. Lethbridge
temperatures could go as low as -15 degrees C this weekend. John will take the
plunge to demonstrate how to rescue yourself or others from a sudden immersion
in frigid water.
The Emergency Ice and Cold Water Rescue Demo will take place at 1 p.m. at
Henderson Lake, near The Pavilion.
Anyone who falls through ice has approximately 10 minutes of self-rescue
time to get out or they may not survive. John will explain how to lessen the
risk of an incident, and explain the best safety equipment to have when you're
traveling over ice.
Michael Debolt, IBC Manager, Government Affairs for the Prairies, NWT &
Nunavut, will make a special presentation to Lethbridge Fire Chief Brian
Cornforth after the demonstration.
Be Smart. Be Safe. is a national injury prevention campaign developed by
Canada's home, car and business insurers to reinforce the message that most
injuries are preventable. The community outreach program visits cities and
towns across the country to show Canadians what they can do to prevent
injuries on the road, at home and at play.
For further information:
For further information: Ellen Woodger at (416) 483-2358 or James
Geuzebroek at (416) 362-2031 x 4364