Last week, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre released a “water safety” video for parents, informing them on the importance of water safety throughout the summer season. This video was released on YouTube gathering interest mostly from parents whom have young children and those who participate in summer water activities.
Joanne Banfield, Sunnybrook’s injury prevention manager insists that the most important thing you can teach your children is how to swim. Banfield provides a variety of other tips in how to teach your child to swim in this video. It does not matter if you swim at local recreation centres, house pools, lakes and/or any other large body of water, it is essential that your children know how to swim as it could potentially save their life.
In this video, Banfield stresses her concern regarding the recent number of boating accidents seen in the news and is adamant that alcohol should not be consumed while in or around the water. Water safety regulations require those operating small/large water vehicles, such as boats, canoes and Sea Doo’s, to wear a personal floatation device at all times. Parents should never leave children unattended even in small bodies of water. Anything is possible and it is important to take all precautions, as this is where the majority of (children) drowning does occur, and it is highly preventable. One of the most valuable lessons you can teach your children is how to swim, again taking a necessary precaution for water safety.
In a past blog post called, “Pool Diving Hazards” (link) Gluckstein and Associates LLP shared with everyone some tips and safety concerns involving diving boards, pool games and in general swimming in the pool. If you would like some more information on diving hazards, please visit the above link for further information.
A brain injury occurs from lack of oxygen to the brain for a matter of mere seconds. Precaution should be taken with any swimming activity, not only diving. Gluckstein & Associates LLP hopes that everyone has a safe and fun summer, and remembers these swimming & diving tips next time they enjoy fun water activities.
Please visit this YouTube link for Sunnybrook’s video of Joanne Banfield‘s tips on water safety. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rCTAKXOrIA
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