By Absolutely Filipino
Vancouverites were shocked at the news about a kayaker who died in the Barnet Marine Park in Burnaby a few months ago. The netizens were having trouble grasping the idea of how a kayaker died unexpectedly in the unfortunate event that occurred in the middle of the day. On their posts and comments, people loudly screamed, how about a life jacket?
We found out that the victim of drowning wasn’t wearing a life jacket when the tragic accident happened. Here at Absolutely Filipino Magazine, we are truly sad that this kind of event actually occurs, and we only wish for the safety of everyone.
We all know that we have very nice weather now, and everyone would like to stay in the sun and enjoy many water activities. But warn you, it’s also when we are so chilled and relaxed that somehow we tend to forget the simple and little things like wearing a life jacket especially if you are already a strong swimmer.
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Google dictionary defines an accident as, “an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.” Meaning no one is expecting it, but sometimes, some things could save you from a terrible outcome of an accident. Let say a seat belt, how about a helmet? Those things won’t prevent you from being in an accident but it can reduce the severity of the actual damage from the accident itself.
Now let’s go back to the safe use of life jackets. Some are so efficient that it will save you even if you lost your consciousness. We found out that there are actually many different kinds of life jackets but only 3 kinds are accepted for use in Canada. These are the following:
1. Safety of Life at Sea– this is approved for all vessels.
2. Standard Type Life Jackets– this is also approved for all vessels except for those passenger or non-passenger ships.
3. Small Vessel Life Jackets– these are approved for small vessels. Whatever type of floating device you are wearing, it will still give you the best chance of survival.
How many of us know about this? For more information, please visit the website of Transport Canada. https://bit.ly/2W2cltl
Being able to know these personal protective devices can help us prevent very bad injury or even untimely death. Our safety should be always on top of our priority and we should never underestimate any situation because we don’t know where or when an accident will befall upon us. And yet, these devices will prevent us from lots of unnecessary trouble. Always remember, prevention is still better than cure. Stay safe everyone!
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