FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2015
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Pool Safety Tips Can Be Life-Saving!
Town urges residents to review safeguards with entire family & to teach children to swim
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board remind residents that during the summer months it is incredibly important to review pool safety precautions with the entire family, whether using a pool at a Town facility or a private backyard pool at home.
“Drowning is the second largest cause of death in the United States among children,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “In order to prevent such catastrophes, we want to make sure that all of our residents are safe and follow the necessary rules and guidelines when they install, maintain and enjoy their pools.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in five people who die from drowning is a child 14 years of age or younger.
Supervisor Bosworth is also encouraging parents to teach their children to swim. She advises, “Teaching children to swim at a young age gives them the foundation for becoming skilled swimmers, which can help them avoid dangerous situations in the pool.”
Pool Safety Tips from the Town of North Hempstead
For opportunities to learn to swim, visit the Town’s Summer Parks Guide, pages 15-23.
- Never leave a child unsupervised or unattended while near a pool.
- Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren’t tempted to reach for them
- You must put up a fence to separate your house from the pool. The Town requires the installation of a fence at least 6 feet high around all sides of the pool, as well as the use of self-closing and self-latching gates that secure from the inside. For more details see: Town of North Hempstead Building Department
- Practice “touch supervision” with children younger than 5 years. This means that the adult is within an arm’s length of the child at all times.
- After use, securely close the pool.
- Keep rescue equipment and a phone near the pool.
- Never use a pool with its pool cover partially in place, since children may become entrapped under it. Remove the cover completely.
- Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The Town of North Hempstead offers CPR training and certification courses to all residents multiple times per year. The town sponsors the training courses with the National Safety Council Adult and Pediatric CPR and AED. Training and certification courses are held at Town Hall.
For more information call 311 or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov.
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Residents swim at Manorhaven Beach Park Pool.