Vital Facts to Live by:
If you're not ‘within arms' reach' of your child, you've gone too far. The reality is that
drowning can happen very quickly, in as little as 10 seconds. Anything further away than two feet is not ‘within arms'
reach' and it is simply not safe.
Drowning is silent
Drowning can take place in as little
as 10 seconds and is a silent killer. It can occur in just inches of water, such as a bathtub or wading pool. The Lifesaving
Society stresses that parents never leave their children alone near water because they may not hear a child who is in the
process of drowning.
Lifejackets and swimming lessons save lives
A lifejacket is absolutely
the best and only flotation device that should be used to keep young children safe when they are in or around water. The lifejacket
will bring the child into the upright position should they fall into water face first whereas water wings or inflatable rings
or tubes will not. It is important to stress that everyone should wear a lifejacket when they are boating or waterskiing.
Restricting children's access to a backyard pool
Every municipality has their own bylaw
on fencing pools, and all of them, except Toronto, require that backyard pools be fenced on three sides, with the fourth side
being the house. However, the reality is that most toddlers drown in backyard pools, and most children who drown in backyard
pools gain access from the house. The Lifesaving Society, along with most Ontarians, agrees with the City of Toronto's approach.
Toronto is at the forefront, and has the only bylaw in North America which requires that all four sides of a pool to be fenced.