By-law & Regulatory Services is offering tips about the Pool Enclosure By-law, which is designed to prevent unnecessary drowning deaths

By-law & Regulatory Services is offering tips about the Pool Enclosure By-law, which is designed to prevent unnecessary drowning deaths

Pools

There is nothing better than jumping into a pool on a hot summer’s day. However, sadly, ever year a number of Canadians drown in backyard pools. These deaths are preventable.

The City’s Pool Enclosure By-law is designed to increase the safety of all pools and hot tubs.

While requirements vary, the following rules apply regardless of when your pool enclosure was constructed:

  • All gates in a pool enclosure must be self-closing and equipped with a self-latching device and a lock located inside the enclosed area
  • All pool owners must ensure every gate around the pool in closed and locked at all times, except when the pool area is in use
  • Pool enclosure gates adjoining public spaces like parks or public pathways must be locked at all times, except when the gate itself is in use.
  • Portable and blow up pools that hold water at a depth of two feet or more are a potential safety hazard and require a compliant pool enclosure

If you are planning to install a pool this summer, please remember to obtain your pool enclosure permit for everyone’s safety. 

For more detailed information about pool enclosures and permits, please visit Ottawa.ca.

By-law & Regulatory Services is a proud partner of the Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition and wishes you and your family a fun and safe summer.

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