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Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth on water safety. Is your pool complying with Ottawa by-laws?

Ottawa Bylaws and Pool safety

Its looks like its going to be an incredibly hot weekend this weekend. I hope you all have a chance to cool off. If you plan on heading to a  pool, beach or river, Please do so safely.  I was on the Red Cross website and found some amazing resources that relate to water safety. Here are just a few recommendations

  • Learn to swim and learn safety techniques. Even if you are an adult, it isn’t too late.
  • Know where you are swimming.  Don’t swim in unknown waters.
  • Don’t swim beyond your ability.
  • Never swim alone.
  • When swimming in the ocean, be cognizant of the fact that tides and currents are present.
  • Know the signs of hypothermia and how to treat hypothermia.
  • Always supervise children at all times.
  • Make sure your pool is properly fenced in and ensure gates have self-locking latches. Check your lock repeatedly.
  • Communicate pool rules to any guests .
  • Keep a first aid kit close by.

Did you know?

Children ages 1 to 4 and men ages 15 to 44 have the highest rate of drowning fatalities.
• Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages 1-4.
• It only takes a second to  disappear
A person can drown in only a few centimetres of water
Each year there are many near-death drownings that result in hospitalization and varying degrees of brain damage.
• Infants and toddlers  mainly drown  in bathtubs and pools. Older children and youth drown mainly in large bodies of water.
The City of Ottawa’s By-laws have recently changed when  it comes to pool enclosures:

Every enclosure must be at least 1.5 metres (5 ft) in height and comply with the minimum construction specifications detailed in Ottawa’s By-law which include:

  • Chain link construction with links no greater than 38 mm (1.5 in)
  • Vertical board construction
  • New specifications for other fence materials that have become more popular such as wrought iron, aluminum or vinyl construction
  • A fence, wall or other structure that provides an equivalent enclosure.

All openings through or under the fence must be of a size to prevent the passage of a 100 mm or 4 inches spherical object.  An enclosure cannot be located less than 1 m (3 ft) from the nearest surface that is wet of the pool.

I have written a few other posts on water safety. If you wish to read more click https://www.ottawainjury.ca/lawyers/ottawa-personal-injury-accidents/ottawa-lawyer-david-hollingsworth-on-boating-safety-and-national-water-safety-week/

Please for your safety and the safety of others, be particularly aware around water.  Even people who know how to swim die every year. Have a great safe and happy weekend !



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