According to the Canadian Red Cross, close to 400 Canadians die from drowning every year and as the weather warms up, emergency officials are urging people to think safety when it comes to water activities. Spokesperson Shannon Scully-Pratt says there are a number of things to keep in mind when it comes to backyard pools including having a proper fence with a latching gate, never swimming alone, no glass containers around the pool and always keeping children in your sights. She says unfortunately, only 46 per cent of children in Canada know how to swim and can’t stress enough the importance of swimming lessons. Officials also say, if you’re heading to the cottage or campground, life-jackets are a must. Stats show that 90 per cent of people who drown when boating in Canada, are not properly wearing life-jackets.