Manning Great Lakes Police District are reminding the community to make adult supervision of children in and around swimming pools a priority during the holiday season.
Over the summer months, emergency services receive an increase in calls to children drowning , and near drownings, in backyard swimming pools.
Due to their age toddlers are most at risk of drowning in swimming pools and account for a large portion of drowning deaths.
"These incidents are distressing for everyone involved, particularly family members and , unfortunately, we find that many of these tragedies could have been prevented by heeding safety messages,” Manning Great Lakes Police District Commander Superintendent Shane Cribb said.
During school holidays "it’s a timely reminder that adult supervision of children in swimming pools is vital at all times."
“Families are encouraged to talk to their children about water awareness and train them in safety around pools Superintendent Cribb said.
“I don't want to see this holiday period ending in a tragedy for any families."