Summer is here, watch out for pool safety

With the nice weather here in full swing, the Town would like to remind residents of a few basic rules concerning swimming pools, which are designed to prevent unfortunate events such as injuries, drowning, etc.

According to by-law 760 concerning swimming pools:

  1. It is prohibited to erect, install or alter an exterior swimming pool, hot tub or spa without first obtaining a permit to this effect.
  2. The swimming pool must be situated at least 2 metres (6.6 feet) from any lot line, fence, accessory building or deck and from the main building, as measured from the exterior perimeter of the water surface.
  3. Swimming pools, if they are to be used during the evening and night shall be equipped with permanent lighting to illuminate the entire swimming pool area. Lighting around swimming pools shall not be directed onto neighbours’ properties. Lighting shall not operate between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  4. Swimming pools shall be equipped with an automatic shut-off device which will activate should the skimmer or other suction pipe detect the presence of a foreign object.
  5. A pool must be completely surrounded by a fence, which may not be less than 1.85 metres (6 feet) high at all points as measured from the adjoining grade.

Residents are invited to call Public Security at 514-369-8250 to report unsecured pool gates.

The Town wishes residents a safe and beautiful summer.