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Prevention of Drowning

Drowning is a leading cause of death in children under five years of age. Learn more about how to prevent drowning around the home, at the cottage, and when visiting family and friends.

Backyard pools continue to be the number one setting where children under age five drown. Safer pool fencing could stop seven out of ten drowning incidents that take place in home swimming pools for children under age five. A few simple steps can help you save lives and have peace of mind.

Please check with your local municipality for the specific requirements for pools in your area, as they may vary.

  1. Get a Fence:  Four-sided: install a fence around the entire pool, leaving no direct access to the pool from the house; Minimum 1.22 metres (four feet); make sure the fence is hard to climb and that there is no space to crawl underneath.
  2. Get a Gate:  Close it up, install a self-closing gate. Latch it up, install a self-latching gate. Lock it up, use a lock on the gate when your pool is not in use.
  3. Learn More by reviewing the information and recommendations for Safer Pool Fencing Laws.

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Province of Ontario has Declared a Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives.  Read more.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Owner/operators of a businesses, workplaces and/or other community organizations who are unsure of how to adjust operations for COVID-19 are encouraged to visit sector specific guidance regarding provincial lockdown measures at Ontario.ca or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions or need further guidance, please fill out this web form.

During the provincewide shutdown, no indoor social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household. Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 5 individuals, and proper physical distancing must be maintained.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.