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?
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 !