Water Safety - Backyard Pools & On Guard Cards

June 8, 2020
Parks, Recreation, & Culture
Backyard Pools

The backyard pool provides the ultimate summer fun for kids, friends and family. But to keep it fun, it's important to know the risks so you can avoid danger - whether you own the pool, or you're just visiting. The single most important way to keep everyone safe is to ensure that young children are always supervised in and around the pool. If you know the risks, you can establish pool rules so everyone can stay safe and have fun.

Backyard pool safety facts:

  • Most common location for children under five drowning.
  • Drowning is fast and silent - not like in the movies. There's no splashing and no screaming.
  • Most backyard pools are too shallow for safe diving.
  • Every municipality has different bylaws for pools and fencing.

Backyard pool safety tips:

  • Appoint an adult to actively supervise any children at the pool at all times - the Lifesaving Society's On Guard card is a handy tool and reminder, with useful tips.
  • Keep children under five within arms' reach in and around the water.
  • Control and restrict access to water - a latching gate and four-sided fencing can prevent accidents and unintended access to the water.
  • Use the Society's Backyard Pool Safety Inspections Guidelines with the Backyard Pool Checklist.

On Guard Card

  • The Lifesaving Society's On Guard card reminds parents that someone must be watching children near water with focused attention at all times. The On Guard card designates the pool safety supervisor - if you wear the card you're on guard. Buy it now.

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Water Safety Tips