Surrey Takes Action Ahead Of BC Day Long Weekend When Drowning Deaths Spike

Surrey – Mayor Doug McCallum and the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society announced the launch of two new water safety initiatives.  In partnership with the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society, a free life jacket rental program will run at annually at Crescent Beach during the summer, offering both adult and children’s sizes.

The City of Surrey has also launched a free, city-wide life jacket fitting assessment program at all of its indoor and outdoor pools. 

The Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society provided financial support in the free life jacket rental program.

The BC Day long weekend typically sees an increase in water-related injuries and fatalities in BC. Wearing a proper fitting life jacket, in both size and body weight, is the best tool for preventing drowning. Life jackets can be rented from the Lifeguard Station at Crescent Beach from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. when lifeguards are on duty. Life jacket fitting assessments are offered at all City of Surrey pools, year-round.

Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in Canada, and the second leading cause among children.

The Lifesaving Society of B.C. notes that 92% of children who drown are not being actively supervised by a parent or guardian and 85% of young adults are not wearing a life jacket. British Columbia sees an increase of drownings from May through September, particularly during long weekends, when families more frequently enjoy beaches, pools and recreational water sports.  

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