Residential pools: 10 tips for a safe summer!

We hear the warnings every year: it only takes a few short seconds for a child to slip away and access a pool without anyone knowing. Here are some tips to help keep your set-up safe and secure during the summer months!

1. Fence in your pool. Fences and gates are a must to limit pool access. Not only do they keep the neighbours out, but they also create a barrier between the pool and your home. Fences must be at least 1.2 metres high at all points, measured from the ground or the highest step that a child could access.

2. Install safety devices (spring hinges and latches) on all the doors along the fence to make sure they are self-closing and self-locking. Locks must be beyond a child’s reach.

3. For above-ground pools, choose a safety ladder equipped with a self-locking gate. These are safer than removable ladders, which we can forget to remove after going for a swim.

4. Make sure there are no electrical hazards, such as electrical wires, outlets or other electrical devices, around the swimming area.

5. Place your filter system and all other equipment or objects (furniture, flower pots, etc.) more than one metre away from the pool.

6. Clean up after pool time. Children may be tempted to reach in for toys left floating in the pool. This could put them in great danger.

7. Keep lifesaving equipment (such as a safety ring with a rope, a floating object, a life jacket or a pole) near the pool.

8. Don’t forget about other useful safety equipment, like safety covers. Your Sima dealer can help you choose what’s best for you.

9. Follow applicable regulations. The Government of Quebec and most of the province’s municipalities have regulations in place to ensure the safety of residential pools. Find out about the regulations in your area.

10. If you install an in-ground pool with a diving board, we strongly recommend seeking the advice of a professional to ensure compliance with all the safety and installation standards.

Have a great summer!

Sources: The Lifesaving Society (, The Government of Canada (Swimming safety).

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