Safe Kids Week is an annual public awareness campaign designed to raise awareness about the frequency and severity of preventable childhood injuries. Safe Kids Week 2014 is running from June 7 to 14 and is focusing on the theme of water safety and drowning prevention. Schools are invited to participate in Safe Kids Week and share information about the importance of water safety to complement the “Swim to Survive” program.
Please find below a sample insert that can be used as written or adapted for posting on twitter, face book, school websites, etc.. More resources are available on the Parachute Canada website: [ http://www.parachutecanada.org/programs/item/safe-kids-week-2014-resources ] http://www.parachutecanada.org/programs/item/safe-kids-week-2014-resources
Did you know 570 children drowned in Canada in the last 10 years? This equals the number of children in 10 full school buses (Parachute Canada, 2014).
Tips to keep children safe this summer:
· Supervision is key; 90% of shallow water drowning among children occurred when an adult was absent.
· Stay within sight and arms reach when a child is in or near water including: pools, bathtubs, lakes, rivers and streams.
· Put down your electronic devices; listening isn’t enough to prevent drowning. Most drowning is silent and occurs in just a few seconds.
· Swimming lessons allow children to gain confidence around water. Remember, lessons don’t provide kids with special protection; supervision is always needed.
· Young children and weak swimmers should wear life jackets in or around the water. You and your child should always wear life jackets when riding in a boat.
· Fence your pool; 7 out of 10 cases of child drowning can be prevented with four-sided pool fencing.
· Be prepared: get trained in water skills, swimming skills, CPR and first aid.
For more information see [ http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/topic/C3 ]www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/topic/C3