If you own a pool, you’re likely getting some good use out of it this week.
And you may find an unfamiliar face peeking into your yard.
City Bylaw officers are launching a two-week blitz to make sure pools have sufficient fencing around them.
The city says it’s all about keeping children safe. The focus of the blitz will be on pool fencing, including temporary fencing which is required during all phases of construction of a pool installation project. Infractions of the Pool Fence By-law could result in a fine of $350 plus costs. In addition to fines, in extreme cases the City hires a private contractor to install or fix temporary fencing where there is none, or where the existing fence fails to meet the by-law requirements. Fences have to be at least 5′ tall and there are also specifics regarding the spacing of boards and fence gates.
The crackdown comes as a toddler drowned just yesterday in Toronto’s east end, after wandering into a neighbour’s back yard and falling into a pond.
Because the water wasn’t fenced, the neighbour has been charged with criminal negligence causing death.