Safety Around the Pool

Summer is the time for fun outside with family and friends. However, it’s also when many accidents occur around the home. Keep your family, friends and neighbours safe with these tips.

Swimming pools and spas may be fun to play and lounge in; however, children and pets can get hurt in and around them. Follow these safety tips to ensure everyone’s safety around the pool.

Children ages 1 to 4 drown at twice the rate of children ages 10 to 14.

60 % of child drownings occur in June, July and August

• Never leave children unattended.
• Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and openings.
• Make sure everyone knows how to swim.
• Learn CPR and first aid—they can save lives.
• Don’t swim if the pool has flat, broken or missing drain covers. Drains can suction hair and body parts, causing serious injury to children and adults.
• Install a fence at least four feet tall around the perimeter of your pool.
• Make sure pool and spa covers work.
• Use self-closing and self-latching gates.

 

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