Pools can be so much fun! Swimming, watching as children’s laugh and splash around, and relaxing in the water after a hot day of work are incomparable summer delights. Here are a few recommendations to ensure you can get the most out of your pool.
• No adult = no swimming
Children should never be left unsupervised in and around the pool. There should always be an adult watching. To ensure the attention of the supervising adult remains on the children, they should bring a cordless phone with them: if it rings they can answer without taking their eyes off the pool and if there is an emergency, they can get assistance quickly.
• Mandatory safe behaviour
Children, teenagers and adults should all obey water safety rules. Post these rules at the pool entrance and make sure everyone is aware of them:
No running around the pool
No pushing allowed
No underwater breath holding
No ride-on toys
All floating toys taken out of the water and stored once swimming is over
Only plastic glasses allowed
No diving head-first in the pool
To be sure to attract children’s attention, consider using drawings or pictograms to represent each safety rule.
• Handy rescue equipment
To be ready in the event of an emergency, make sure the following equipment is always within easy reach:
A buoy or floating object attached to a rope
A life jacket
A first aid kit
A telephone and emergency numbers
Make sure the supervising adult knows how to use the rescue equipment. Ideally, they should also be conversant in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques.
• Compliance with Residential Swimming Pool Safety Regulation
In July 2010, the Government of Quebec introduced the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Regulation. If you are a new swimming pool owner, you are required to conform to this regulation, which is intended to reduce the risk of drowning by controlling and safeguarding access to pools.
The number of residential pools in Quebec is on the rise: there are now some 300,000 pool installations and this figure increases by 10 to 15% every year. However, Quebecers enthusiasm with swimming pools is overshadowed by a sad record: Quebec holds the highest rate of residential pool drownings in the country. To prevent a family member or friend being part of these dreadful statistics, take concrete steps right now to ensure safety in and around your pool.