Côte Saint-Luc inspects 137 fences around properties with private pools

Côte Saint-Luc, July 19, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc completed its annual inspection of the fences surrounding 137 properties with private pools earlier this month. 

“I have been swimming my whole life and love pools,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “But like anything else, pools can be dangerous for infants and children, which is why we have local and provincial rules about fences near backyard pools. We want to do everything in our power to reduce the risks for our residents.”

Côte Saint-Luc Public Security visited properties with pools over the last month to ensure that the fence surrounding the property is between six to eight feet high, and that there is a gate with a self-closing and self-locking device out of the reach of children and capable of keeping the door closed. Owners of any property found to be non-conforming are given 48 hours to take corrective measures. By-law 2217 states that residential properties with pools must have a fence.

“Côte Saint-Luc has a long record to preventative safety,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “By checking the exterior fences near pools, we are helping spot potentially dangerous situations and also raising the level of awareness about safety issues. Be sure that you have all the required safety and rescue devices and consider installing a pool alarms to protect against sudden intrusion by humans or animals. But most important, the best protection is never to leave an infant, toddler or child unattended and never to leave the back door from the house to a pool unsecured.”

For more information about the rules governing private pools, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/BylawGuide.


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Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

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