Aquatic and nautical activities are very popular in Québec, which has about 300,000 residential swimming pools and over a million boating enthusiasts. However, people who engage in these activities must respect certain safety measures in order to avoid the risk of drowning.
Example of a safety device that ensures automatic closing and locking of gate
The fact that your children know how to swim or have taken swimming lessons is not enough to avoid all risk of drowning. Supervising children when they are swimming is therefore essential at all times.
The Institut national de santé publique du Québec indicates:
One drowning on 10 occurs in a swimming pool, while nearly three quarters of drownings occur in natural bodies of water.
People of all age groups can drown. However, drowning is the leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 4 years old. Most often, children drown in residential pools after accidentally falling into the water when no adult is supervising them.
Last update: July 4, 2017 1:40 PM
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