Province wants kids, especially teenage boys, to be safe around water

Vancouver, BC, Canada / News Talk 980 CKNW | Vancouver's News. Vancouver's Talk

 Just in time for one of the busiest weekends of the summer, extra efforts are being made to ensure children are safe on the water.

A report by B.C.’s Child Death Review Unit suggests those most at risk are boys between 15 and 18 years old and recommends special education for that group.

After examining the drowning of 35 children between 2007 and 2013, almost 70 per cent involved teenagers and most of them were boys.

Investigators have determined boys are “particularly prone” to underestimate the risks, overestimate how well they can swim, and improperly judging how much they’ll be affected by alcohol or  drugs.

The BC/Yukon branch of the Lifesaving Society is now developing a program targeting teenage boys.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Red Cross has been tasked with educating parents about properly supervising their kids near water.

Municipalities are also being encouraged to pass bylaws requiring secure, four-sided fencing around backyard swimming pools.


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