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Backyard Pool Safety Situational Assessment

In Canada, drowning is the second leading cause of death amongst children 14 years of age and under. For children under 5 years of age, private backyard pools present the greatest danger, and account for 49% of water-related deaths in this age group.

The Backyard Pool Safety Situational Assessment included key informant interviews with municipal Chief Building Officers and managers/owners of local pool retailers, and an online survey to engage residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. The goal of this report is to help policy makers make an informed decision on how to prevent drowning in backyard pools.

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