Coquitlam RCMP wants to remind everyone to make it a safe summer on the water
2022-07-19 08:11 PDT
With this week being National drowning prevention week and the summer season now officially here, the Coquitlam RCMP would like to remind everyone to stay safe out on the water.
For those of you who enjoy being out on a boat, paddle board, kayak, canoe, etc, please remember that water temperatures are still cold even though air temperatures are rising. Be aware of the wind and your surroundings and always wear a lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD).
Here are a few simple safety tips to remember:
- If you cannot swim, stay out of the water and seek the shade instead,
- Children and non-swimmers should always be supervised around water,
- Wear a personal flotation device. Tragedy can strike in an instant. Don’t assume that you will have time to put on a lifejacket,
- Watch your speed. Don’t race to the lake and don’t race on the lake. Speed is a major contributor to incidents on the roadways and on the water,
- Do not put your feet in fast moving water that is deeper than the length of your arm. If a foot becomes entrapped by rocky bottom in deep water, the current will eventually push the swimmer over into the water,
- Rip currents are a major cause of accidental drowning, always be familiar of where you are swimming and the possibility of unknown/strong currents,
- If you are going to a less-traveled area, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return,
- Always remember that alcohol and water don’t mix. Impaired driving laws are the same for operating a boat as they are for a vehicle.
Following these safety tips will help make everyone's experience on the water a safe and enjoyable one.
Cst. Deanna Law
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP Media RelationsOffice: (604) 945-1580
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