A week of drownings puts spotlight on backyard pool safety

At least two children have died while two others and an adult remain in critical condition following a spate of drowning incidents in backyard pools in Quebec and Ontario this past week, where temperatures reached summer-like heights.

Last Sunday, an unconscious three-year-old was pulled from the bottom of a pool in Drummondville, Que., a city between Montreal and Quebec City, and remains in critical condition. Then, on Friday evening in Newmarket, Ont., a town just north of Toronto, police discovered an unresponsive 20-year-old babysitter in a pool after the four-year-old she was looking after called 9-1-1. The woman remains in life-threatening condition. And that same night in Chelsea, Que., a municipality near Ottawa, an 11-year-old was found dead in the bottom of a backyard pool after swimming with friends.

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