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Pool safety reminders from OPP

It comes as many of us are jumping in the water to stay cool during the heat wave
A boy in a swimming pool. (Wikimedia Commons)

With the heat comes the many ways of staying cool, and if you and the kids plan on going for a swim in the backyard to beat the heat, Ontario Provincial Police have some reminders for you.

According to OPP the most common cause of drowning of children between the ages of one to four is backyard pools.

Most recently, Brant County OPP responded to a call that saw a two-year-old climb onto a nearby chair and fall into an inflatable pool on Friday.

The child was unresponsive in the water but fortunately started to breath again and regained consciousness once they were pulled from the pool. They were then sent to hospital for further observation.

OPP have these tips for anyone with kids of any age swimming in pools this summer:

  • Pool owners should erect a 4' high, 4-sided fence with self-closing and latching gates.
  • Always stay within sight and reach of young children.
  • Learn how to swim or have an experienced swimmer with the child at all times, and someone who is trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • Sign your children up for swimming lessons.
  • Make sure you have the proper emergency equipment available, a phone near the pool to call 9-1-1, first aid kit, reach pole and a ring buoy with an attached rope.
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