Message from the Office of the Chief Coroner - Drowning prevention

TORONTO, July 13 /CNW/ - Dr. Andrew McCallum, Chief Coroner for Ontario, urges all Ontarians to exercise caution when around water. The recent number of drowning incidents in the province should serve to remind everyone of these basic rules when enjoying our waterways and recreational swimming facilities:

    -   Learn to swim - Swimming is a basic life skill that everyone should
        be taught regardless of age.
    -   Wear a lifejacket or a personal flotation device (PFD) even if you
        are a strong swimmer as fatigue can set in very quickly.
    -   Adults should closely supervise children at all times when enjoying
        water activities. Children can drown quickly and quietly so adults
        are reminded to stay close constantly.
    -   Don't drink and drive when boating.

Most drowning deaths are preventable by following all of the above rules. Dr. McCallum recommends that all Ontarians who wish to learn more about staying safe in and around water should contact the Lifesaving Society, the Red Cross or other similar organizations in their area for information and assistance. Your life or the lives of your loved ones could depend on it.

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SOURCE Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

For further information: For further information: Dr. Andrew MCallum, Chief Coroner for Ontario, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, 416-314-4000

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