The town of Kensington is warning residents it plans to step up enforcement of a pool bylaw requiring all pools deeper than 90 centimetres to be fenced in.
"It's estimated that there's about 50 drownings of youth or children a year in Canada and we feel it's a safety issue in our town," said Gordon Coffin, the mayor of Kensington.
"We're stepping forward, trying to inform the residents of it, so it either has to be taken down or fenced properly to prevent an accident."
The bylaw requires any pool that's 90 centimetres deep to be surrounded by a fence with a latched gate, even if the pool is an inflatable one.
Anyone who doesn't put up a fence will have to take down the pool or face a $1,000 fine.
"It's all coming down to a safety issue," said Coffin.
"The last thing we want to hear happen in this town or anywhere is have a four or five year old — your child or a neighbour's child — tumble into this pool in the ground."
CJ Kitts, a local resident, said he agrees with putting fences in place.
"It's easy just to not notice what they're doing, but just not see them for a second and they could fall in," he said.
"They would definitely be beneficial to have."
The town of Kensington said it has identified more than a dozen properties that are breaking the bylaw. The police will be sending letters to those residents next week.