Red Cross – Water Safety Infographic

Red Cross Infographic - Water Safety

Source: www.redcross.ca

 

The Importance of Water Safety

A lot of adults get a bit too comfortable when they’re on a boat. Boats seem safe, right? They aren’t likely to sink or capsize, and most adults who spend a lot of time on them feel they’re proficient swimmers.

Sobering Lifejacket Statistics

Only 47 percent of adults say they wear a lifejacket every time they’re on a boat, and 23 percent admit to wearing one “most of the time”. What percentage of adults admit to never wearing a lifejacket? A staggering eight percent. Of this eight percent, one in four say they don’t wear one because they feel like their swimming skills are solid enough to keep them safe. One in five, however, say they don’t wear one because they find lifejackets uncomfortable. When only 73 percent of Canadian adults know how to swim, eight percent (who never wear life jackets) is a pretty high number.

Children and Water Safety

Thankfully lifejacket usage is different when it comes to children wearing lifejackets. Ninety-nine percent of parents say their children are always wearing a life jacket when boating regardless of their swimming skills.

In terms of children and pool safety, parents are less concerned. Only 70 percent of parents say they had safety concerns about their children playing in a yard that has a pool even if their child swims well. Sadly, the precautions taken to make pools safer for young kids have pretty low rates. Only 36 percent of polled Canadians installed a four-sided fence around their pool, and just 33 percent had a self-closing gate by their pool. Many drownings are preventable with fences, self-closing and self-locking gates, and alarms on doors, windows, and gates.

The Necessity of Swim and Water Safety Lessons

Swimming lessons are so much more than just teaching your child how to swim effectively. It’s definitely important for children to know how to swim strongly in a variety of situations, but swim classes also teach water safety. Kids aren’t aware of all of the things that can lead to drowning, and they often put themselves at risk just by being kids. Swim safety lessons not only teach kids how to be safe in the water but also around it. Many drownings occur from falling into the pool or getting trapped in drains or under pool covers, and kids need to learn how to avoid and/or escape these dangers.

Adults understandably look after their child’s safety more than their own, but keeping yourself safe could keep your child safe in the future! If you don’t feel entirely comfortable with water safety, then it isn’t a bad idea for you to attend these safety classes with your child.