Summer has arrived and the water is warming our beaches. Please take a few minutes and
consider the following safety tips to ensure you, and yours, are safe.
- Avoid the use of flimsy water toys, which can be blown off shore with children on them. Trying
to catch these toys can cause dangerous situations.
- Parents, please tell your children to avoid strangers and show them where to go for help. Tell
them who is a “good person” to approach, like a park warden, police officer, etc. Know where your
kids are at all times. They are YOUR responsibility.
- Never ever swim alone. Know the water you are swimming in. Avoid rivers and creeks. If you are
a weak swimmer, use a PFD (Personal Floatation Device) and be cautious. Watch for signage telling
you of strong currents, undertows and steep drop offs. Always have a charged cellular phone at the
ready for emergencies.
- Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol consumption while swimming or watching your children swim. Keep
your mind clear. Avoid too much sun and use a high SPF lotion liberally, especially when getting
in and out of the water a lot.
- Ensure your vehicle is properly parked and all valuable items are secreted away, out of sight.
Never take wallets and jewelry to the beach. Items left unattended on the beach can “walk away”,
never to be seen again. Be aware of surroundings.
Every year people drown because they don’t take precautions to avoid such a tragedy. By following the
above simple instructions, and paying attention to your surroundings, a great day can be had by all
at the beach. Be safe, not sorry.
More safety information can be found by contacting the following agencies. OPP can be reached at
705-429-3575 or www.opp.ca.
The Wasaga Beach Community Policing Committee’s number is 705-429-7869.
As well, the Committee web site is www.wasagabeachcommunitypolicing.ca.
Enjoy your summer and swim safely!