Water Safety

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Swimming can be a lot of fun, but you must obey all of the safety rules at the pool, beach or lake where you like to swim. Always remember to swim with a friend, never alone!

Swimming Pool Rules

  • Wear a personal flotation device if you are not a strong swimmer.
  • Do not run around a pool. The water makes the floor very slippery and you can fall and hurt yourself.
  • Do not push or jump on others while you are swimming.
  • Be careful of diving areas. Do not swim near diving boards.
  • Always swim with a buddy, never alone.
  • Do not swim when there is lightning.
  • Always enter the water feet first.

Boating Safety

When you go boating always tell someone where you are going and when you'll be back. Check to make sure you have the following safety equipment for your boat:

  • Floating towrope
  • Distress equipment (watertight flashlight and a fox 40 whistle)
  • Two extra paddles and/or anchor
  • Bailing bucket
  • Personal flotation devices (life jacket)

Always check the weather at the moment and what it will be like later!

Wear a personal flotation device when you go in a boat!

If the boat tips over never try to swim to shore. Swimming in open water takes 75% more energy than in a pool. Instead, climb onto your boat and wait for help. If you are boating with others huddle up with them by putting your chests close together and wrapping your arms around each others backs.

Know the safety signs and signals for the area that you are in!

Water Safety for Parents

  • Keep your children safe in and around swimming pools in your backyard by never leaving them unattended in the pool, if you have to leave to answer the phone take your children out of the pool, and keep doors and windows locked to prevent children from slipping outside without you knowing.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Have a telephone near the pool in case of emergency.
  • When you are not using the pool or are away from home keep the pool area free from toys, balls or anything that may attract neighbourhood kids to the pool.
  • Use water rafts, air tubes, and other types of flotation devices. When they are in use an adult should still be present.
  • Always have a first aid kit nearby.
  • When eating or drinking near the pool area try to use paper and plastic plates and cups as they are easier to spot if they should fall into the pool than glass.
  • Install a fence with a self-closing gate around the pool. The City of Sault Ste. Marie has By-Laws regarding fencing around pools. The basic requirements are that a 5 foot fence be installed around an in-ground pool. For above ground pools the requirements are that if the pool sides are at least 4 feet high, smooth and there aren't any climbable sources of entry to the pool, then a fence is not required.
  • Remember these are just a few of the city By-Laws pertaining to swimming pools. For a complete list of the By-Laws contact the City Hall Building Department at (705) 759-5401.