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Residential pool safety

Residential pool safety

The above, in ground and semi in ground enclosure must be :

  • Be at least 1.2 meters in height

  • Prevent the passage of a spherical object 10 centimeters in diameter

  • Have no fixture, projection or open parts enabling it to be climbed

  • Be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching passive security device installed on the inside of the enclosure

  • A pool with supportive anchors must be surrounded by an enclosure

  • A hedge or bushes do NOT constitute an enclosure

Ladder or steps ? :

  • All in ground and semi in ground pools must be equipped with a ladder or steps for easy entry and exit

  • A new diving board standard «Residential Pools Equipped with a Diving Board» also applies and can be found on BNQ site.

An enclosure is not required if the following conditions exist

  • Wall height is at least 1.2 meters from the ground

  • Portable (inflatable) wall is at least 1.4 meters from the ground

  • There is a ladder equipped with a self-closing and self-latching safety gate preventing its use by children


  • In order to prevent children from climbing to gain access to the pool, every device linked to its operation (such as heater or filter) must be installed more than 1 meter from the pool wall or enclosure.

  • The pipes linking the device to the pool must be flexible and must not facilitate climbing.


  • To ensure compliance with these standards, a permit issued by the local municipality is required to build, install or replace a swimming pool or to erect a construction allowing or preventing access to a swimming pool.

  • It is the responsibility of the consumer to consult his municipality to validate the terms and conditions that apply.

References :

Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act

Safety Tips - Free self-evaluation test

Safety Tips

Beginning July 1, 2021, new pool installations with "chain link fencing" with a mesh size greater than 30mm will be required to be battened.

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