May 26, 2004

Backyard Pool Safety


NEWMARKET - 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, "the unprotected single-unit home pool is the most important environmental hazard for toddlers of 1 - 4 years of age."


For your family's protection, York Region Health Services recommends following these safety procedures:


Safety tips for parents

         Adults and children should never swim alone                         

         Keep toys away from pool to prevent falls into the pool

         Learn to swim and enrol your children in swimming classes

         Learn Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

         Reduce sun exposure


Safety tips for pool owners

         Provide safety equipment close to the pool such as a telephone, ring buoys, reaching pole

and first aid kit

         Install a fence around your pool

         Place tables and chairs away from the fence

         Install a black disk of 150 mm maximum at the deepest point of the pool to assess water clarity

         Maintain proper levels of the disinfectant and maintain your filter

         Store and handle chemicals in a safe manner

         A pool cover does not provide protection from drowning


For more information on this or any other health-related issue, please call York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.




Contact:            Wendy Lewis, York Region Corporate Communications Services

905-830-4444 ext. 1238



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