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Media Release: Cold water alert...stay away!

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The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition is raising awareness of how to prevent drowning on area waterways. Media Release (11/20/2014) Ottawa, ON - With the colder temperatures here, it is important that Ottawa residents remember to stay well away from area waterways.

The water temperature of lakes and rivers is now dangerously cold. Curious toddlers are often drawn to fast-flowing water but do not understand the dangers. Water levels this year are higher than usual and are accompanied by soft, slippery banks that are treacherous, particularly for young children, and the family pet.

Last year, Ottawa's emergency services responded to 78 calls for incidents on or near waterways.

Here are a few tips that will keep you, your children and pets safe...

  • Water temperature is now dangerously cold. Stay away.
  • Children are drawn to the water. Please know where your children are at all times.
  • Parents should discuss with their children the dangers waterways may cause. The message should be…stay away.
  • Keep pets well away from the edge of waterways. Always have a dog on a leash when near waterways.

The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition is made up of representatives from Ottawa Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Fire Services, Lifesaving Society, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Canadian Red Cross, Dovercourt Recreation Centre, CHEO and the Ottawa Hospital.


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