City politicians are backing off on a double-fencing requirement for new pool owners.
In a vote of 9-5, they’ve rejected proposed changes to the pool enclosure bylaw, which would have required four-sided fencing around a pool, in addition to fencing around the backyard.
Representatives of the pool industry have argued that double fencing is overkill and would create a false sense of security.
They add education and safety awareness are the key to preventing tragic accidents.
Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson agrees, adding that we’re not smarter than parents and don’t need to become a “nanny state”.
Ontario’s chief coroner recommended so-called the “double fencing” rule within a 2011 report into drowning prevention.