Drowning is a very preventable death according to the experts.
 
With a recent tragic drowning incident happening locally, extra safety measures are being promoted to make sure everyone gets through summer safely.
 
Statistically, July is the highest month for drownings across Canada according to Mandy Fisher, manager of development and operations with the Lifesaving Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.
 
"I think the most important thing is you want to make sure children are actively supervised, we can't stress that enough," said Fisher. "Wearing a life jacket too. Water in a river or a lake looks really innocent and inviting, but often times there's stronger currents you can't see and other hazards underneath the water."
 
Northwest of Edmonton, a Grande Prairie toddler was found 220 kilometres away from where he went missing in Peace River.
 
"Drownings in most instances are preventable with all the different layers of protection like wearing a life jacket, keeping children within an arm's reach, having active supervision and not consuming any alcohol or drugs prior to participating in aquatic activities," added Fisher.

National Drowning Prevention Week is July 15 to July 21.

 

 

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