Residential Swimming Pools and Children - Exercise Caution!

July 9th, 2015

Children Aged 1 to 4 Years: A Group at Risk in Québec

Drowning is the second leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 4 years. Usually, such drownings occur when a child falls into the water, having escaped the supervision of adults, who thought he was in the house. Fifty-four percent of all drownings occur in residential pools.

Encourage safe swimming

1. INACCESSIBILITY

  • Restrict access to the pool by completely surrounding it with a fence.
  • Install a fence which the child is unable to go through or climb over.
  • Make sure that the fence gate shuts and locks itself automatically.

 2. MONITORING

  • An adult who is ABLE to rescue a child should always be present to supervise the swimming pool whenever any child is in or near it.

3. VIGILANCE

  • Put a life jacket on children who do not know how to swim.
  • Teach your child the safety rules.
  • Keep safety devices within reach (telephone, pole, buoy).
  • Get a certificate or training in artificial resuscitation.
  • Remove balls, toys and mattresses from the pool as soon as swimming is over to avoid tempting children.
  • Take drinks and snacks outside before swimming in order to avoid going back in for them.

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