to stay safe in the water this summer
This week is
National Drowning Prevention Week. Drowning is fast and
silent (and never looks like it does in the movies), but
every drowning death is preventable with water safety knowledge.
500 Canadians die in pre-ventable water-related incidents
As many of you
know, I spent my late teen years as a lifeguard at Ray Friel
and Bob MacQuarrie. I still have a deep and enduring respect
for our lifeguards and aquatic staff and it is important
that we all remember to stay safe around water this summer.
Our City of Ottawa lifeguards are second to none. They were
recently recognized by the Royal Canadian Lifesaving Society
for having the largest water safety program in Ontario!
With the endless
number of outdoor activities that we all enjoy, it is important
to remember that safety is always the priority. Here are
some tips for having a Water Safe summer:
• Learn to swim.
• Don’t swim alone
– always swim with a friend or a family member.
swim when a lifeguard is on duty.
• Children and
non- swimmers should al-ways be supervised around water.
• If you’re not within arm’s reach, you have gone too far.
wear a life jacket whenever you are in a boat.
and water don’t mix – don’t drink and swim, and don’t drink
and drive your boat.
I really miss
teaching water safety classes because I knew I was teaching
skills that would last a lifetime. Have the water safety
talk with your children, remain vigilant around pools, bodies
of water and remember that its easy to become distracted
by technology on an easy summer day by the pool.
Until next time,
stay safe, have fun, and get out to enjoy this beautiful
facilities offer many ways to beat the heat
Wow, the heat
is finally here. While nobody wants to complain after that
horrible winter we had, there are days when all need some
both temperature and humidity are high, it is hard for our
bodies to cool down. Ottawa Public Health will issue heat
warnings to raise awareness health risks and suggest ways
people can cool off when Environment and Climate Change
Canada issues a heat warning. A heat warning will be issued
when daytime temperatures are expected to be warmer than
31°C and night time temperatures no cooler than 20°C or
a humidex value of 40°C are expected for two or more days.
For important information on how to stay healthy during
a heat warning and ideas on where to cool off visit this
page provided by Ottawa Public Health: http://bit.ly/ottheat.
The City of Ottawa
offers a variety of ways to cool down in the summer. From
City beaches to our pools like the amazing François Dupuis
Centre there are opportunities to go swimming available
And if swimming
isn’t your thing there are awesome splash pads at parks
across Orléans and Cumberland to help you cool off quickly
while playing outside.
My personal favourite
is the massive Pirate Themes splash pad at Millennium Park.
There is nothing more refreshing than standing under the
giant pirates’ cauldron while it dumps bathtubs full of
cold water on all those below.
For a list of
swimming options and an interactive map of all splash pad
locations in Ottawa visit: http://bit.ly/ottswim.
When going for
a swim or getting soaked at a splash pad isn’t what you’re
in the mood for you can also visit one of the Ottawa Public
Library branches in the area and read a book or surf the
web in air conditioned comfort. Whatever you do, try to
stay cool and have an amazing and healthy summer.