Summer is Nearly Here:  Summer Safety Talk

 

Backyard Pool Safety Tips

The City of Ottawa has updated its Pool Enclosure By-Law (No.2013-39) which is now in effect. Drowning is preventable. Follow these tips to keep safe.

Fencing

All pools must have a safety fence.

  • 1.5 m (5 ft) high
  • The gate must be self closing, self-latching and LOCKED at all times except when the pool area is in use
  • A four sided enclosure is recommended for added security

 

Supervision

  • Never swim alone
  • Have a designated, responsible adult on guard
  • Ensure you are constant scanning
  • Ensure all are free from alcohol, drugs and distractions
  • Children should always be within arms' reach

 

Watch this video for tips on proper supervision of children around bodies of water.

            

 

Around the pool

  • Put away toys after use of your pool. They attract children while the pool is not in use
  • Young children or weak swimmers should wear a Lifejacket or PFD
  • Check the water depth
  • Entries should be feet first
  • Have safety equipment nearby: whistle, first aid kit, emergency phone and rescue aid

 

Swimming is a lifelong skill.  Register your family today.  DROWNING: TARGET ZERO

Facebook: Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition

Twitter: @nodrowningott

Waterfront Safety Tips

Summer outings at the beach or cottage can be super fun! Follow these tips to keep safe:

Waterfront

  • Swim with a buddy
  • Check water depth and weather conditions
  • Be aware of wind, waves, currents and hazardous obstacles
  • Swim in a supervised swimming area
  • Tow floating bouy in open water
  • Weaker swimmers should be in lifejackets or PDFs

 

Supervision

  • A designated, responsible adult should always be on guard
  • The supervisor should be free from alcohol, drugs and distractions
  • Children should be within arms' reach in and around the water, even when on a floatation device

 

Sun Safety

  • Drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and a hat
  • Cover up. Especially young children
  • Check the UV index and take precations when it is 3+
  • Limit your time in the sun and take breaks under trees, tents or umbrellas

 

For more summer tips please CLICK HERE.  

Swimming is a lifelong skill.  Register your family today. DROWNING: TARGET ZERO

Facebook: Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition

Twitter: @nodrowningott