Assessing the potential factors that could contribute to a drowning event in order to develop a prevention program is a daunting challenge.
The Safer 3 message offers a formula for drowning prevention that addresses the challenge of so many variables.
1) Recognizing risks associated with water related activities:
2) Implementing strategies to reduce and manage those risks:
3) Responsibly maintaining those strategies:
The main concept of the Safer 3 is based on the definition of the word “Safe”. Safe means you are free from risk of harm or danger. When it comes to water, that simply isn’t true. There is always risk when you are in, on or around the water. The risk may vary in degree from very slight to very severe.
Risk of drowning is found in 3 main areas; Accepting the idea that there is always some type of risk to be found in the 3 elements; water, kids (people) and response will allow the task of developing a prevention program to become more straightforward. The factors leading up to a drowning event are often described as being a recipe for disaster. By asking “where is my risk”, with water, kids and response, the development of a prevention strategy becomes personalized and customized to each situation that may arise. By organizing both the areas of risk as well as the resources available to reduce them, families can take a more personal role and responsibility for the safety of their loved ones. Following the Safer 3 model will allow everyone to create a recipe for prevention. WHERE IS YOUR RISK?