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July 10, 2013 09:30 ET

Top 10 Swimming Pool Safety Tips for Canadian Families

Advice from CSA Group to help keep swimmers safe

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 10, 2013) - As families hit full summer stride, those with backyard pools need to remember more than sun safety in order to protect their loved ones from unwanted hazards. CSA Group, a leading certification and testing organization, provides the top ten pool safety tips to help Canadians enjoy a safer swim season.

"Families with access to public or backyard swimming pools are often unfamiliar with structural vulnerabilities of the pool," says Anthony Toderian, Manager, Corporate Affairs, CSA Group. "Before splashing away the summer heat, we encourage pool owners to take the necessary precautions to avoid any mishaps and advise parents, guardians and swimmers to be aware of CSA Group's top ten tips for pool safety."


  • Sound the alarm. A pool alarm sounds when it detects an object breaking the surface of the pool water. These should be used in combination with self-closing, self-latching gates for maximum safety.

  • Lock-in safety measures. Barriers, like four-sided pool and pond fences, should be used to help prevent young children from gaining access to the pool or pond areas without a caregiver or designated supervisor knowing.

  • Cover the basics. Ensure your pool, hot tub and whirlpool have anti-entrapment drain covers and a safety vacuum release system to automatically release suction and shut down the pump should entrapment occur. Covers should be certified by an accredited testing and certification organization.

  • Tie back long hair and loose clothing. Powerful drains and pumps can easily catch long hair and loose clothing in the pool. The vacuum force from pool, hot tub and whirlpool drains are powerful enough to hold swimmers under water causing drowning, or can lead to significant injuries.

  • Stay away from the drains. NEVER sit on a drain cover! Body parts such as fingers and toes near or over drain covers are easy targets for entrapment due to suction which can render even the most adept swimmers helpless. Submersion in water for even just a minute can cause serious harm to swimmers. In addition, poorly-made, non-functioning, defective or broken drain covers must be replaced.

  • Keep afloat. Not everyone can or knows how to swim. When someone cannot swim safely on their own, make sure that the appropriate life jacket, water wings and other safety flotation device is worn.

  • Not all that is covered is safe. Soft pool covers can increase the risk of drowning if a child steps onto the cover, slips underneath it and becomes trapped. Children can also drown in water that has collected on top of pool covers.

  • Pump it. If you use a pool or spa cover, follow all instructions for their safe installation, use and maintenance. Always remove a cover completely before using the pool, and do not let standing water remain on top; pump it off.

  • Drain unused water from in and around playspaces. The CSA standard for Children's Playspaces and Equipment outlines the need for equipment to drain effectively so that water is not trapped or collected - forming a pool. Standing water creates a drowning hazard and can become a breeding ground for bacteria creating an additional public health related concern. Any broken or damaged splash pad equipment requires immediate attention to avoid an injury or drowning risk.

  • Look for the certification mark. Ensure that all electrical pool parts (lights, pumps, heaters, etc.) are properly certified by an organization like CSA Group. Hot tubs and whirlpools should also be certified.

For more everyday consumer tips and safety advice, please visit www.csasafetytips.com.

About CSA Group

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous location and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.

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