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Pool Safety

Drowning is a silent danger and the second leading cause of death for Canadian children. It can happen in an instant, but affects a family for a lifetime. A few moments of inattention by a parent or caregiver can result in a child slipping silently under the water without anyone noticing. Protect your family and friends by the pool.


Safety Tips

  • Keep your family safe by supervising children in and around the pool
  • Keep them within sight and arms’ reach
  • Make sure young children and weak swimmers wear personal flotation devices at all times
  • Take swimming lessons and learn first aid1

Date of creation: February 5, 2013
Last modified on: March 19, 2014

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1Middlesex-London Health Unit. [mlhealthunit]. (2012, May 25th). Drowning Prevention [Video file]. Retrieved from
2Middlesex-London Health Unit. (2012) .Protect your Family by the Pool [Brochure]. London, Ontario: Middlesex-London Health Unit