Haldimand OPP is issuing a special pool safety reminder to all parents and caregivers of small children. As the warmer summer-like weather prevails, this safety reminder is vital to the safety of all children.

The most common cause of drowning of children between the ages 1-4 is back yard pools. The following recommendations will go a long way to save lives and ensure everyone has a safe an enjoyable warm weather season.

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 911, first aid kit, reach pole and a ring buoy with an attached rope.

A caregiver must be responsible, sober and confident at all times. Let’s make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time around the pool or backyard pond this year.

For more information visit: http://www.safekidscanada.ca