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Water safety awareness promoted in annual national campaigns 

YELLOWKNIFE (June 6, 2014) – National Water Safety Week and Safe Kids Week both take place June 7-14, 2014. This year, Parachute Canada has focused Safe Kids Week on the theme of water safety and is emphasizing the importance of active adult supervision for children, the importance of wearing lifejackets and being prepared by learning how to swim.

“I want to remind everyone to be mindful of safe water practices and procedures, not only during Water Safety Week but every day,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay. “Keeping young swimmers safe is a shared responsibility, and swimmers should always swim with a buddy, young children and non-swimmers should have a lifejacket on and parents or guardians should ensure their children are within arm’s reach at all times.”

“Making sure you and your family are prepared when going out on the water could save your life this summer,” said Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs Robert C. McLeod. “Whether planning a day at the beach or an extended fishing trip, residents need to be sure to have all the necessary safety equipment and always be paying attention when near or on the water.”

“Now that summer is here, NWT residents should practice safe boating. Avoid drinking alcohol when boating, always wear a life jacket, and let your family and friends know your boating plans,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy.

This summer, several upgrades have been done at territorial parks beaches to increase water safety and awareness. In addition to additional signage and clearly marked swimming areas that should eliminate drop off areas, a public awareness campaign on water safety is running throughout the summer.

At Fred Henne Territorial Beach, several local businesses have come together and donated time, labour and materials to construct a permanent lifejacket loaner station. These include: Cave’s Contracting, Polar Welding, Kasteel Konstruction Inc., JMS Landscaping Services, Camco Construction Ltd. and Unico Contractors Ltd.

Parachute Canada, a national charity dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, is at the forefront of the Safe Kids public awareness campaign. The group promotes safety messages such as: lifejackets are lifesavers; stay close, keep in sight and listen; and be prepared. They recommend getting trained in water skills, safety skills, CPR and first aid.  For information on Water Smart courses in your area, please contact the Lifesaving Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories by email at experts@lifesaving.orgor phone at (780) 415-1755.

For more information:
Alayna Ward

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696
Email: alayna_ward@gov.nt.ca