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CHILD SAFETY DROWNING PREVENTION

Quebec


Pool Guard Removable Fencing is in accordance with the requirements of the Quebec government adopted on July 22, 2010 concerning the safety of residential outdoor pools. However, the customer must not take into account the fact that it is removable. All owners who install or replace a pool since this date are liable for respecting these regulations.

RESIDENTIAL POOL REGULATIONS IN QUEBEC

  • Must have 1.2 m height (4 feet)
  • Must not be a gap more than 10 cm of diameter between each post
  • Make it impossible to climb from the outside, cannot cling to or no foot hole
  • Have a gate with an automatic self-closing system, that may be opened only by adults not by children
  • Might be a fence complying to regulations or a residence wall, but not a shrub hedge
  • Please note that hedge or shrub do not constitute as a surrounding wall
  • It is the consumer’s responsibility to consult his municipality to know all current local rules

Here are some links:
Lifesaving Society Quebec | Perfect Swim
Residential Swimming Pool Safety Law | Governement of Quebec


WATER SAFETY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

It is important to know that drowning is the second cause of death for children under the age of 5. Children can drown in as less as 4 cm (1½ inch) of water, in other words, when there is enough water to cover the mouth and the nose.

Many of these tragedies occur in private pools and almost always in pools without any fencing or any automatic «self-lock» gate.

  • For the families, swimming courses represent an excellent opportunity to participate in a fun activity for a healthy way of living. But by itself, the courses are not enough to protect children and will not avoid drowning.
  • All children must be supervised by an adult when they are in or close to water. They should never be left alone in a pool or a bath, even for a small period of time.
  • The Safety Society recommends a ratio of 1 adult for 2 young children, and 1 adult per baby.
  • The fence surrounding a private pool must prevent the access directly from the home.
  • The pool gate must be self-latching and automatically self-closing. It must be high enough that it can only be opened by an adult.
  • Teach your children to be well behaved. Even small children can learn the basic rules for water safety.
  • Never leave climbing toys close to pools.
  • Do not dive! Most of the backyard pools are not deep enough to dive safely.
  • Do not run or push people around the pool.
  • People that are not experienced swimmer must wear a safety jacket or an individual floating garment. These preventative measures do not replace the supervision of an adult or a life-guard.
  • Take your children with you if you have to leave the pool for any reason.
  • Always keep the Pool Guard Removable Fencing well maintained and make sure the gate is securely closed.
  • Remember, the best rescue equipment for child is you!

     


Ontario


The private pool is a wonderful source of activity and enjoyment. It also poses a serious risk for diseases, injury and even death. According to the Canadian Red Cross Society, drowning is one of the leading causes of deaths for Canadian children under the age of five. Unattended toddlers are especially at risk because they are mobile, very curious and the least capable to self-rescue of any age group. Whether it is at the cottage, campsite or in the backyard pool, drowning can happen in a matter of seconds.

FENCE BYLAWS OF ONTARIO
In general, an enclosure must have a minimum height of 1.2 metres (4 ft ), must completely enclose all four sides of the swimming pool, except a 1.5 metre high self closing lockable gate(s) for access. Please note the specific requirements will depend on the design of the pool, location, etc.

Residential Swimming Pools and Fence Information
Construction of swimming pool and fence enclosures must comply with your Town  By-law fence and setback requirements.  It is the responsibility of the homeowner to obtain a permit to install a swimming pool. Swimming pool cannot be installed without proper fencing.
Requirements for swimming pools enclosures (Fencing)

  • Fence permits are not required, however all new fences must comply with your Town.
  • Pool enclosures are required for all swimming pools that are more than 24” deep and a 1000 gallons or more.
  • Minimum height for any pool enclosure is 48”.
  • Above ground pools can serve as an enclosure provided the pool wall is a minimum 48” high and any access into the pool is restricted. This requirement does not apply to inflatable pools.
  • Construction of pool enclosures (fence) shall not have any horizontal members than can facilitate climb ability. Such members shall have a minimum distance of 32” apart.
  • A fence of chain link construction that forms part of the swimming pool enclosure shall have a mesh not greater than 1 ½” x 1 ½”.
  • Any gate that is provided in a swimming pool enclosure must be self-closing and self-latching.
  • Fences shall be installed on owner’s property. The installation of a fence on a neighbouring property can lead to civil litigation and additional cost to relocate the fence.
  • Barbed wire fence and electrical fences are not permitted.
  • Maximum height of any type of fence is 6’-0” including any latticework.

WATER SAFETY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

It is important to know that drowning is the second cause of death for children under the age of 5. Children can drown in as less as 4 cm (1½ po.) of water, in other words, when there is enough water to cover the mouth and the nose.

Many of these tragedies occur in private pools and almost always in pools without any fencing or any automatic «self-lock» gate.

  • For the families, swimming courses represent an excellent opportunity to participate in a fun activity for a healthy way of living. But by itself, the courses are not enough to protect children and will not avoid drowning.
  • All children must be supervised by an adult when they are in or close to water. They should never be left alone in a pool or a bath, even for a small period of time.
  • The Safety Society recommends a ratio of 1 adult for 2 young children, and 1 adult per baby.
  • The fence surrounding a private pool must prevent the access directly from the home.
  • The pool gate must be self-latching and automatically self-closing. It must be high enough that it can only be opened by an adult.
  • Teach your children to be well behaved. Even small children can learn the basic rules for water safety.
  • Never leave climbing toys close to pools.
  • Do not dive! Most of the backyard pools are not deep enough to dive safely.
  • Do not run or push people around the pool.
  • People that are not experienced swimmer must wear a safety jacket or an individual floating garment. These preventative measures do not replace the supervision of an adult or a life-guard.
  • Take your children with you if you have to leave the pool for any reason.
  • Always keep the Pool Guard Removable Fencing well maintained and make sure the gate is securely closed.
  • Remember, the best rescue equipment for child is you!