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Norfolk OPP issues pool safety tips

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Parents of young children should know that drowning in backyard pools is the leading cause of death in children ages one to four.

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With that in mind, Norfolk OPP has issued a number of tips to prevent this tragedy from befalling local households.

“A care-giver must be responsible, sober and confident at all times,” Acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said Monday in a news release. “Let’s make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time around the pool or backyard pond this year.”

A good game plan for keeping toddlers safe, Sanchuk says, includes:

  • Make swimming lessons a priority for your child.
  • Always stay within sight and reach of a child who is beside a pool, entering a pool, or in a pool.
  • Parents should also know how to swim before letting their children enter a pool. If they can’t swim, they should have someone present who can.
  • Rescue safety gear should always be available next to a pool. This includes a reach pole and a ring buoy with an attached rope.
  • Backyard swimming pools should be surrounded by a fence on all sides at least four feet high. Gates and entryways should be self-closing and self-latching.

Additional information is available at http://www.safekidscanada.ca .

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