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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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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.