Model pool fencing by-law

Pools without proper fencing are a particular hazard for children under five years of age.

In most places in Canada, safer pool fencing is not yet required. Researchers estimate that safer pool fencing could prevent seven out of 10 drowning incidents in home swimming pools for children under five years of age. Safer pool fencing consists of a minimum 1.2-metre (four-foot) high, four-sided pool fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate that regulates all access points.

Municipalities have the ability to enact safer pool fencing bylaws for homes with pools. Provincial and territorial jurisdictions can support municipal efforts by establishing province-wide safer pool fencing laws.

This model by-law provides an overview of a safe pool fencing law for a municipality. You can download and fill in the template with details specific to your municipality.

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