Worried About the Safety of Putting a Swimming Pool in Your Backyard
There are several safety measures that one can take to make their backyard swimming pool more safe for children and pets.
- All pools must have a minimum of 4’ fence around the perimeter of the pool and/or yard with specific rules about the kind of fencing so that it cannot be climbed. Fencing must adhere to unique municipal by-laws.
- Fences must have self-closing hinges and latches to ensure that they are kept closed and locked at all times.
- If the house opens directly out to pool patio, windows and doors should have locks and alarms.
- All swimmers must know that there is NO DIVING in any part of the pool.
- Consider: putting up eye-catching NO DIVING signs around the pool
- And: Teach everyone that they can only get in to the pool “FEET FIRST”
Self-locking gate latches, fence and house door alarms/chimes, pool sensor alarms, temporary, removable pool-patio fencing, child wrist bands, life jackets, pool-side buoys, swimming lessons
For more information on pool safety measures, please see