(NC)—With summer just around the corner, Canadians are ready for outdoor barbecues, sunbathing and quick dips in the underground pool. Whether it’s a hot tub, pond or swimming pool, adding a touch of aqua to your backyard is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors at home.
But don’t forget that owning a pool or water feature comes with important responsibilities. According to the Lifesaving Society’s 2011 Drowning Report, nearly 500 Canadians die in water-related accidents annually. And with statistics showing teenagers and young adults at highest risk, it’s more important than ever to keep your water zones danger-free.
“Homeowners need to use precautionary methods in the backyard to avoid accidents,” says Wayne Ross, an insurance expert at Aviva Canada. “Even a simple action like installing a physical barrier to your pond or pool can be life saving.”
Ross recommends these tips for better tranquility in the backyard:
1. Install a fence: Children are naturally curious and will be drawn to a pool or pond so installing a fence can help you breathe an extra sigh of relief. Additionally, using a gate lock or a hot tub safety cover as a precautionary barrier is an inexpensive way to avoid accidents.
2. Check your insurance policy: Contact your insurance broker prior to installing a water zone. You need to advise your insurer of any increased risk to ensure you have protection against liability.
3. Contact your municipality: Municipalities have different safety regulations, so stay updated on the newest codes and standards regarding your underground pool.