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During Water Safety Week 2008 the Canadian Red Cross encourages Canadians to stay safe around water. Each year, an average of 400 Canadians drown; more than half of those drownings occur during the summer months of June, July, and August. A Red Cross research report that examined 10 years of drowning statistics showed that young children ages 1 to 4 and men ages 15 to 44 are at the greatest risk for drowning. Backyard pools are especially dangerous for small children (Drownings in Canada 10 Years of Research, Canadian Red Cross).

"A child can drown in an inch of water," explains Michele Mercier, National Manager of Injury Prevention. "Watch children around the water at all times, whether a pool, the bathtub, or at the beach." The Red Cross Swim program teaches both swimming and water safety skills, from preschool children to youth.

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