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Premier Declares National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotians are urged to practice water safety while swimming, boating and fishing in the province.

Premier Darrell Dexter declared July 22-28 National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia.

"Summer is a time for children and families to get outside and enjoy Nova Scotia's rivers, lakes and beaches," said Premier Dexter. "There are still far too many accidents and deaths because of drowning. I hope this week reminds us all about the importance of water safety, no matter the season."

Statistics show that more than 500 people die in Canada every year in water-related incidents. Last year, nine Nova Scotians lost their lives because of drowning, according to a report from the Lifesaving Society.

"Almost two-thirds of all drowning deaths occur when people fall into the water unexpectedly," said Mike Melenchuk, president of the Lifesaving Society. "Wearing a personal flotation device if you work or play around the water will save your life."

National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia is organized by the provincial branch of the Lifesaving Society.

The society offers the following tips to help ensure a safe summer:

  • make sure everyone in the family can achieve the Canadian Swim to Survive standard, including being able to surface after falling in deep water, tread water for one minute, and swim 50 metres
  • take a lifesaving course and learn how to reduce the risk of drowning
  • teach children to swim and be comfortable around water
  • always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) when boating
  • do not consume alcohol while swimming or operating a boat
  • keep children within arms' reach when near water and, whenever possible, swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard

For more information about water safety, visit www.lifesaving.ca .

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Nova Scotians are urged to practice water safety while swimming, boating and fishing in the province.

Premier Darrell Dexter declared July 22nd to July 28th National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia.

The premier says he hopes this week serves as a reminder to all Nova Scotians about the importance of water safety.

Statistics show that more than 500 people die in Canada every year in water-related incidents. Last year, nine Nova Scotians lost their lives because of drowning, according to a report from the Lifesaving Society.

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