Staying Afloat: How to Reduce Your Risk of Drowning

OTTAWA, July 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Each year, approximately 525 Canadians die from drowning, and almost 60% of these water-related fatalities occur during the summer months1. In BC, drowning is the leading cause of death for toddlers 1-4 years of age 2. Those who survive are often left with permanent health complications such as brain damage.

How can we protect ourselves from the dangers of drowning? What are the risks associated with this water-related injury? Are there precautions we must take to prevent tragedy from occurring during the summer?

In support of National Drowning Prevention Week on July 17-23, CIHR-funded researchers Dr. Ian Pike and Dr. Alison Macpherson are available to discuss their work on injury prevention and ways to prevent drowning.

To book an interview with Drs. Pike or Macpherson, please contact:

David Coulombe
Media Relations
Canadian Institutes of Health Research


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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1 Canadian Red Cross. "Water-Related Fatality Facts at a Glance: Canada 1991-2010". Canadian Red Cross, 2014. Web. July 4th 2016.

2 BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit. "Drowning". BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, n.d. Web. July 4th 2016.


SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: David Coulombe, Media Relations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563,


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