- June 6, 2015
- by WILL DAVIDSON LLP
Summer is not officially arriving for another two weeks; however, the city of Toronto will open 9 beaches on June 6th. With nine out of eleven beaches open this weekend it means Toronto city officials will be monitoring the water quality and installing life guards to keep beach goers safe. Current water temperatures may attract more boating than swimming, still if you are heading to the beach you should be mindful of water safety when participating in activities.
In 2013, Red Cross Canada published a report revealing children ages 1-4 are at the greatest risk of drowning alongside males ages 15-44. In that same report Red Cross Canada compiled these water tips:
- Open water is very different than swimming in a pool-distance is deceiving, and you often have to contend with cold water, waves, currents, drop offs, sandbars, water visibility, undertows, underwater obstacles and motor crafts.
- River currents especially when concentrated around rocks, bridge pilings, and in hydraulics at the base of dams, have enormous power and can easily trap even strong swimmers.
- If you become caught in a river current or fast moving water, roll onto your back and go downstream feet first to avoid hitting obstacles head first. When you are out of the strongest part of the current, swim straight toward shore.
- If your boat has overturned, hang on to the upstream end of the boat.
So how can you protect yourself from a personal injury when at the beach: Here are our prevention tips:
- Always check the weather conditions before going into the water
- Never swim alone
- Check flags and signs on the beach which indicate whether the water is safe to enter
- If using a boat-remember to wear a life jacket
- Don’t drink before operating your powerboat
- Supervise kids at all times when near the water
If you or a loved one has suffered a water related injury, please contact our personal injury law firm. At Will DavidsonLLP, our expert personal injury lawyers have helped many accident victims receive the compensation they deserve.
For a list of beaches opening this weekend please click here