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Pool Safety

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury related death for Canadian children. For every child that drowns, there are approximately six to ten more that almost drown and require hospitalization. These children were playing or walking near water when a drowning or near-drowning occurred.

Actively supervising your child when they are around water or in a pool area is one of the most important things you can do to prevent drowning. Never leave them unattended and don't be distracted by doorbells, phone calls or conversations. If you must leave the water or pool area, take your child with you and make sure the pool gate latches securely when it closes.

Be aware that in York Region, public pools must pass a YorkSafe Public Health Inspection, just the same as food establishments. Your local pool should post its latest approved inspection report in clear view. 

To protect yourself from infections at the pool check the latest YorkSafe inspection report before you go.


Pool Safety Tips

  • Enforce rules like:
    • No running
    • No pushing
    • No dunking
    • Never swim alone
  • Do not rely on swimming lessons or “floaties” to protect your children in the water. Flotation devices are not a substitute for supervision
  • Place tables, chairs and other objects well away from the pool fence to prevent children from using them to climb into the pool area
  • Keep toys out of and away from the pool area when not in use. Young children playing with or reaching for toys could accidentally fall in the water
  • Children under the age of three and weak swimmers should wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD)
  • Make sure lifesaving equipment (rings, buoys, etc.) and a first aid kit are kept near the pool
  • Take a course on pool safety, first aid and lifesaving skills like CPR
  • Never use a pool with its pool cover partially in place. Children may become trapped under it
  • Don’t dive into the shallow end or from the side of an in-ground pool; instead enter the water feet first and dive only from the end of a diving board
  • Pool alarms or detectors may offer extra protection against drowning or injury, even during winter storage
  • Install a four-sided fence with self-closing and self-latching gates to prevent children from accessing the pool area. Contact your local municipality for specific fencing requirements
  • For emergencies, keep a telephone close to the pool

 



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