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This statement is valid until Monday, March 23, 2015.

Quinte Conservation is urging all parents and caregivers to ensure that children do not play along local waterways. Parents and guardians are urged to keep children off the ice and away from the water. Stream banks may be slippery and treacherous. Water flows and currents may be strong. Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times. A Water Safety Statement indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.

March Break is a great time for children to step into nature and spend more time outdoors. However, spring also brings all the dangers associated with cold, fast-flowing water. Quinte Conservation Communications Manager, Jennifer May-Anderson warns, “As snow and ice begin to melt, local waterways including lakes, rivers, streams and drains begin to fill up with cold, often fast-moving water. This year we have had more ice cover than normal on our local river systems. River ice is often less stable than lake ice. Ice conditions can change rapidly on rivers. We are urging the public to use extreme care and caution on all ice in local waterways.”

May-Anderson explains, “Children are often interested in exploring rushing streams and thawing ponds during the warmer days of spring. Strong spring currents, unstable ice cover and slippery riverbanks can be a real danger to them. That’s why we have created an early spring water safety video for parents and caregivers available on our YouTube channel. The video explains the dangers that come at this time of year and we encourage adults to watch the video and then talk about spring water safety with the children in their lives. ”

May-Anderson adds that a spring water safety activity sheets are available for download from the Quinte Conservation website, www.quinteconservation.ca. There are activity sheets appropriate for children from kindergarten to grade six. The awareness building exercises include colouring sheets, crossword puzzles, word searches and more.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125


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