Backyard Pool Safety for Parents and Home Owners

Submitted by Jasmina on Wed, 2007-08-15 17:17.

The private pool is a wonderful source of activity and enjoyment. However, it can also pose a risk for disease transmission, physical injury, even death. Drowning is the second leading cause of death among Ontario children under five years of age. Most toddlers that drown do so in their own backyard pools.

Safety tips for pool owners

  • Provide safety equipment, such as a telephone, ring buoys, reaching pole and first aid kit, close to the pool.
  • Have your pool surrounded by a fence with a self-closing & self-latching gate.
  • Place tables and chairs away from the fence.
  • Install a black disk, with a maximum diameter of 15cm, to the deepest point of the pool to assess water clarity.
  • Maintain proper levels of disinfectant and maintain your filter.
  • Store and handle chemicals in a safe manner.

Safety tips for parents

  • Children should never swim unsupervised.
  • If your child is under 5, keep them within arms reach at all times.
  • Keep toys and other obstacles away from the pool to prevent falls into the pool.
  • Children that cannot swim should wear a properly fitted personal floatation device.
  • Swimming lessons don’t guarantee safety; however, both adults and children are encouraged to enroll in classes to learn how to swim.
  • Adults should consider a course on first aid or lifesaving skills. It could save a life!

For more information on this or any other health-related issue, please call York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.