Does Ontario make the grade when it comes to water safety and drowning prevention?

    The Lifesaving Society to unveil first-ever report card

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - A survey conducted by the Lifesaving Society
this month found that 81 per cent of Ontario residents plan to participate in
water-related activities such as swimming, fishing and boating this summer.
But, will they be safe?
    On Tuesday, June 23, the Lifesaving Society will release its first report
card on water safety and drowning prevention.
    Based on results from a recent omnibus poll, this first-ever report card
examines whether Ontario adults make the grade when it comes to their
knowledge and understanding of:

    -   Flotation devices
    -   Backyard pool restriction
    -   Toddler safety near water
    -   Importance of swimming lessons

    The Lifesaving Society will also release the latest Drowning Report
statistics and provide its perspective on the best methods to prevent drowning

    What: One-on-one interviews available with Lifesaving Society
spokesperson, Barbara Byers; photo opportunity with children in the pool,
lifeguards, parents.

    When: June 23, 2009
    Report card to be released via Canada NewsWire at 7 a.m.
    Interviews available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Where: Beverley Junior Public School, 64 Baldwin Street, Toronto (corner
of Baldwin St. & Beverley St.)

For further information:

For further information: To arrange interviews or confirm your
attendance, or for further information, please contact: Lauren Grant or Karen
Krugel, PraxisPR, (905) 949-8255 ext. 227 or 233, (416) 627-9416 or (416)
559-9200 (cell phones), or

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