Following the drowning of a 3-year-old girl in a residential pool South of Montreal on July 4th, combined with the reduced accessibility of public pools due to COVID-19, it is widely regarded from professionals and the community alike that drownings will be at increased risk this summer.
The Société de Sauvetage Quebec recalls that as of July 6th there have been 41 drownings across the province, compared to only 28 on the same date in 2019. This 46% year-over-year increase is an alarming wakeup call as we head into the warmest summer months.
According to The Angus Reid Institute, just under one-third of Canada’s adult population has been working at home over the last few months. Precisely, one-in-three 18-34-year-olds, and two-in-five 35 to 54-year-olds.
With many employers choosing to extend their working-from-home policies this summer, there is an additional risk for parents with swimming pools.
Quebec has nearly the highest number of swimming pools per capita in North America with well over 300,000 backyard pools for a population of around 8 million. This translates to roughly 26 Quebeckers for every pool in the province, even though we quite literally only have 2 months of summer. Compared to the numbers of California for example, they have 31 pools per resident and Florida has 19 pools per person per capita.