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June 18, 2013
City of Toronto promotes water safety and drowning prevention
The City of Toronto's Public Health and Parks, Forestry and Recreation divisions remind Toronto residents about the importance of following water safety rules and advice when enjoying the city's world-class Blue Flag beaches.

"There's no need to get on a plane to visit a great beach because Toronto's beaches are among the best in the world," said Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. "Toronto’s beaches provide free recreation, relaxation, and a way to cool down during the hot summer months."

"Swimming is an excellent way to stay fit and healthy this summer, but it's important to take precautions to avoid preventable injuries and accidents," said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's), Chair of the Board of Health. "Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Canadian children between the ages of one and four."

Water safety tips:
- keep your children within arm's reach
- recognize the signs of drowning
- familiarize yourself with water conditions
- swim at a beach with a lifeguard and stick to designated areas
- always swim with a buddy
- if you are a non-swimmer, enrol in a swim class
- check for daily updates on beach water quality
- when out in the sun, wear a hat, use sunscreen and drink lots of water.

More information about water safety and drowning prevention is available at

More information about beach water quality is available at and by downloading the mobile app.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Kris Scheuer
Toronto Public Health
416-338-8020, 416-677-6658 (cell)

Cheryl San Juan
Parks, Forestry and Recreation



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