Nova Scotians are urged to practice water safety while swimming, boating and fishing in the province. Premier Darrell Dexter today, July 15, declared the week of July 20-27 National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia. “Summer in Nova Scotia is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors and fun times on the water,” said Premier Dexter. “I urge all Nova Scotians to use common sense and take proper precautions, particularly around water, to ensure a safe and happy summer vacation.” A report from the Lifesaving Society shows that in 2012, more than 350 Canadians died by drowning, including 17 Nova Scotians. “Simple precautions will prevent drowning,” said Mike Melenchuk, president of the Lifesaving Society. “Wear your personal flotation device or lifejacket when boating, never swim alone, keep small children within arms’ reach, and avoid drinking alcohol when in or on the water.” Nova Scotians are also advised to teach children to swim and be comfortable around water, and to swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard whenever possible. National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia is organized by the provincial branch of the Lifesaving Society. For more information about water safety, visit www.lifesavingsociety.ns.ca.