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Swimming Pool Safety

What things can I do to protect myself and my family when entering a pool?

  • Water clarity - Can you see the black disk at the bottom of the pool? If you cannot see the black disk, do not use the pool and notify the operator.

  • Note the presence and the location of the safety equipment and emergency telephone.

  • Ensure all swimmers shower before entering the pool.

  • Ensure children are properly diapered if not already toilet trained. Encourage children to use the washroom before entering the pool.

  • Encourage safe swimming - Use an approved personal floatation device or lifejacket for children 3 years of age or younger and those who cannot swim whenever they are in or around the pool. Remember, these safety products do not substitute for adult supervision. Monitor your child(ren), stay within arms reach.

  • Never leave a child unattended as drowning can occur silently within seconds.

  • Send children to swimming and water safety lessons, but ALWAYS continue to supervise when they are swimming.  Always swim with a buddy.

  • Be a good role model and follow safety rules posted at the pool (e.g. no food or drink, no glass containers, avoid boisterous play).

  • Do not play or swim near drains or suction devices. Your body, body parts, hair, jewellery and/or other objects can become trapped which may result in serious injury or death. People with long hair should be especially aware of these potential hazards.

  • Ask lifeguard(s) if you have any questions or concerns. Report any safety hazards (e.g. glass, sharp edges). Follow lifeguard instructions at all times.

Ontario Health Regulations
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This is an example of
a sign that bathers may
see at a pool and not
the actual required
sign as the bather load
and phone location is
different for each

Pool Rules

  1. no person infected with a communicable disease or having open sores on his or her body shall enter the pool,

  2. no person shall bring a glass container onto the deck or into the pool,

  3. no person shall pollute the water in the pool in any manner and that spitting, spouting of water and blowing the nose in the pool or on the deck are prohibited,

  4. no person shall engage in boisterous play in or about the pool,

  5. adhere to the posted maximum bather load, and

  6. note the location of the emergency phone at that facility/pool.