Playing outside is important as it helps with a child’s development, well-being and provides exercise. Watching your child while they are playing in the backyard is important because dangers can be present, especially if you have a swimming pool or trampoline.   Owning a backyard pool comes with the responsibility of ensuring its safe use. Most often, children who drown do so in a pool when a caregiver is not paying attention, if only for a second. These drownings primarily involve young children who gain access to a pool without a self-closing and self-latching gate.
Backyard Recreation Safety


There are simple steps that families can follow to keep their
backyard pools safe.

  • Active adult supervision is of the utmost importance – never leave your child unattended, not even for a second.
  • Build a fence (recommended at least 1.2 m in height, with gaps no larger than 10 cm) that has a self-closing and self-latching gate; keep the gate closed with restricted access at all times. Refer to your municipal bylaws for fencing requirements.
  • Have an Action Plan including adult supervision, an emergency signal, safety equipment and emergency procedures.
  • Establish pool rules. These can include: swim with a buddy, children must have an adult with them at all times, and no glass containers around the pool.
  • Lifejackets or Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) should be worn by weak or non-swimmers.
  • Few backyard pools are safe for diving – swimmers should always enter the water feet-first.
  • Keep the deck clear of toys and debris to prevent trip and fall injuries.
  • Enroll your children in Red Cross swimming lessons.
  • Take your children with you if you have to leave the pool for any reason.


Trampolines are fun, but they are also responsible for a lot of injuries every year.  There are several ways to ensure your family is safe on your trampoline.

  • Make sure your trampoline is set up at least three meters away from any potential dangers like trees, walls, poles, and fences and that it is placed on a level and stable surface.
  • If your trampoline doesn’t come with padded mats, it is a very good idea to add these, along with a safety net.
  • Check that the springs are securely attached and not loose or missing.
  • Check the mat to make sure there are no tears or holes.
  • Keep the trampoline free of toys, sticks and leaves to
    prevent slips, trips or awkward landings.
  • Make sure there is nothing underneath the trampoline before jumping.
  • Never permit children to play on a wet trampoline.
  • Children under the age of six shouldn’t be allowed on trampolines due to a higher risk of injury.
  • No more than one person at a time. Multiple jumpers increase the chances of collision and injury.
  • No rough play while on the trampoline.
  • No older kids on the trampoline while little ones are using it.
  • Always make sure there is a responsible adult supervising children on a trampoline.
  • To prevent unauthorized access, consider locating the trampoline in a fenced area.