Public water safety education through letters to the newspapers

TitlePublic water safety education through letters to the newspapers
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsTan, RMK
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers01-07
Abstract

­Public water safety education may be undertaken in many ways and in fact it should be done in as many ways as possible to reach the widest audience.

This paper focuses on the benefits of one of the approaches taken by a national lifesaving organisation to use published letters to the newspapers as a means for public water safety education. It deals with the recent experience of the Singapore Life Saving Society in writing to the national newspapers whenever a report of a drowning or related incident gives rise to an opportunity to educate members of the public about water safety and lifesaving through such published letters. Although not every letter sent gets published, those that do get published have generated greater awareness and also increased the number of persons approaching the Singapore Life Saving Society for water safety information, lifesaving training and other services. In addition, the paper also deals with some considerations of the newspaper editor and includes several suggestions as to how to embark on such an approach and increase the likelihood of such letters being published.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Benefits of using letters to the newspapers for public water safety education.
  2. When and how to write letters for purposes of public water safety education.
  3. Suggestions to increase the likelihood of such letters being published.
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