Water Safety

A reminder to everyone trying to cool down on sunny summer days–stay safe when enjoying backyard pools.

Tips to help you and your family stay safe:

Always watch children when they’re in or near water. 

  • Designate an official, adult Water Watcher to supervise children in the water, even if there is also a lifeguard present. Watching should be their only task – they shouldn’t be reading, texting or playing games on their phone.

Teach children to stay away from drains, and make sure all pools and spas have compliant drain covers.

  • The suction from a pool or spa drain can be powerful enough even trap an adult.

Install a fence at least four feet high around all sides of your pool or spa.

  • The water should only be accessible through a self-closing, self-latching gate. Teach children to never try to climb over the gate or fence. Always remove portable pool ladders when not in use.

When swimming outside, get everyone out of the water if you hear thunder or see lightning.

Ensure everyone in your household knows how to swim.

More Information

Learn more about backyard pool safety by visiting:

Backyard Pools | Canadian Red Cross


Marcia James
Captain, Fire Prevention