Recent pool-related toddler fatalities are a sobering reminder that with the warm weather, the risks around pools in public places and backyards increases.
The B.C. Coroners Service strongly urges everyone to be extra vigilant in keeping children safe around water.
Coroners’ statistics show that close to 30 per cent of pool-related fatalities involved preschool-aged children (ages 1-4 years).
All preschooler pool deaths occurred in residential pools (backyard or townhouse/apartment complexes).
Pool drowning among young children is preventable. Here are tips to help reduce the risk.
Actively supervise – Active supervision means staying within reach or sight of a child at all times. Closely supervise children when swimming, bathing or playing around water – even those who can swim.
Create barriers – If you have a backyard pool, ensure it is fenced on all four sides with a self-closing, self-latching gate. When not using your pool, clear all toys out of the water and away from the edge, so they cannot tempt children to the water’s edge.
Get trained – Get trained through swimming and water safety lessons. Contact your local community centre for child and adult swimming lessons.