A safe pool,
a perfect swim

A presentation of the Lifesaving Society

Make sure that your pool is inaccessible at all times.

A child only needs a few seconds to slip away to the backyard and access the pool without anyone knowing. If a pool is inaccessible, there is no risk a child will accidentally fall into it during your absence.


1. Adequately fence in your pool.

Fences and barriers are a must. They are the most important way you can limit access to your pool. In addition to keeping neighbours out, they separate the pool from the house.

Fence in your pool on all sides.

In-ground pools, semi in-ground pools and temporary pools that are less than 1.4 metres:

Fence in your pool on all sides.
Above-ground pools: Fence in the patio, deck or terrace that gives access to the pool.

Above-ground pools:

Fence in the patio, deck or terrace that gives access to the pool.

To be secure, a fence must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 1.2 metres high at all points, measured from the ground or the last step a child could access.
  • Have no opening through which a ball-shaped object 10 centimetres in diameter could pass.
  • Have no elements that stick out or could be fastened on to, or no openwork sections that could be climbed.
  • Be equipped with self-closing, self-locking passive security devices on all its gates.

2. Install spring hinges and a latch on all fence gates.

These devices have a self-closing mechanism often composed of spring hinges and a latch.
These devices have a self-closing mechanism often composed of spring hinges and a latch.

To avoid gates being accidentally left open, install passive security devices that automatically close and lock all the gates to your fence.


3. For above-ground or semi in-ground pools choose a ladder with a self-closing gate or barrier.

Do not choose a ladder that must be removed after using the pool each time. Instead, install a ladder with a self-closing device. This type of ladder has the advantage of having no support arms or steps, meaning the pool cannot be accessed without an adult present.

A removable or foldable ladder carries a risk: forgetting to remove it after a swim. If you do choose this type of ladder, make sure that it is adequately fenced in according to provincial regulations.


4. Keep away from the pool any object that a person could climb to access the pool.

Install your filtration system or any object (staircase, rocks, flower boxes) at least one metre from the sides of the pool and regularly check that no box, toy or other object has been inadvertently placed near the pool or fence.


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