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The Facts Drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years of age. Backyard pools continue to be the #1 setting where children under 5 years of age most often drown Most of these victims are alone - often during a momentary absence or lapse of supervision For half of private pool fatalities there was either no gate (29%) or the gate was neither self-closing nor self-latching (22%) Children aged 1 to 4 are most at risk because they are mobile, curious and require continuous supervision by an adult Setup a safe backyard pool environment Check List: Adult Supervision Adults must be present and close to the pool, ready to assist at any moment Adults must stay within sight and reach of children when in and around the pool Do not allow any distraction to interfere with constant supervision Wear lifejackets - children should wear lifejackets when around the pool if they are under 5 or if they are not strong swimmers (no matter what age) Pool Fence Build a 4-sided pool fence, which prevents access to the pool from the home Check with your local municipality to find out what by-law requirements will apply to your property Self-closing and self-latching gates Pool gate should be fully closed at all times Gate should automatically close and latch itself with release mechanism at the top of the gate, out of reach of small children Safety Equipment Safety equipment such as a flotation ring should be poolside and easily accessible Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim Resources:
Parachute Canada - Preventing Injuries. Saving Lives Brochure - Protect Your Family by the Pool How to Choose a Lifejacket