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Spotlight on fishing safety during National Drowning Prevention Week


This is National Drowning Prevention Week, a time to reinforce the need for safety while working, swimming, boating or playing near water.

More than 500 people die in Canada every year in water-related incidents. Last year, nine Nova Scotians lost their lives because of drowning, according to a report from the Lifesaving Society.
 Fishing Safety

The CBC's Zak Markan looks at the problematic culture surrounding safety in the fishing industry. 

National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia is organized by the provincial branch of the Lifesaving Society.

"Almost two-thirds of all drowning deaths occur when people fall into the water unexpectedly," says Mike Melenchuk, president of the Lifesaving Society. "Wearing a personal flotation device if you work or play around the water will save your life."

The society offers the following tips to help ensure a safe summer:

  • make sure everyone in the family can achieve the Canadian Swim to Survive standard, including being able to surface after falling in deep water, tread water for one minute, and swim 50 metres
  • take a lifesaving course and learn how to reduce the risk of drowning
  • teach children to swim and be comfortable around water
  • always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) when boating
  • do not consume alcohol while swimming or operating a boat
  • keep children within arms' reach when near water and, whenever possible, swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard

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