News release

National Drowning Prevention Week

Water safety can save your life.

That's why July 20 - 26 has been declared National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia.

As Nova Scotians enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and other recreational activities in the water, they are encouraged to keep safety in mind.

"Our many beautiful beaches, lakes and rivers in Nova Scotia mean many Nova Scotians will take to the water this summer for fun and relaxation," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. "These activities should be enjoyed safely, so I encourage all Nova Scotians to take precautions to ensure a safe and happy summer."

Statistics from the Lifesaving Society show that in 2012, 344 Canadians died by drowning, including 17 Nova Scotians.

"Drowning can take as little as ten seconds," said Paul D'Eon, special projects director from the Lifesaving Society. "While you're in or near the water, make sure those around you are wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device and always stay within arm's reach of your child."

Nova Scotians are also advised to teach children to swim and be comfortable around water, and to swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard whenever possible.

National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia is organized by the provincial branch of the Lifesaving Society. For more information about water safety, visit www.lifesavingsociety.ns.ca.

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Water safety can save your life.

That's why July 20th to July 26th has been declared National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia.

As Nova Scotians enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and other recreational activities in the water, they are encouraged to keep safety in mind.

Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says that many Nova Scotians will take to the water this summer, but encourages everyone to practice water safety for a safe and enjoyable summer.

For more information about water safety, visit the Lifesaving Society website.

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