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Pool Safety Tips Can Be
Town urges residents to review safeguards with entire family
& to teach children to swim
North Hempstead, NY –North
Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board remind residents that
with the onset of the pool season, some precautions should be taken in regard
to pool safety. When school is let out
for the summer and children rush to the pools, safety is a main concern, Town
officials said. It is 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.
According to a study done by Safe
Kids Worldwide, almost 800 children drown every year in the U.S. About two
thirds of these deaths occur during the months of May to August. More than half
of these deaths are among the ages 0 to4.
“The opening of our town pools is
always an exciting time of year. The Town loves welcoming families to enjoy our
facilities,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “In order to enjoy these facilities to
their fullest, there are guidelines and precautions that all parents and
children should understand.”
Safety Tips from the Town of North Hempstead
- 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
- 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.
In addition, the Building Department also
requires that residents put up a fence to separate their 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.
Town Supervisor Bosworth stated, “Teaching your children how to swim at a young
age provides them foundation for becoming a stronger swimmer as they mature. I
encourage all parents to teach their children to swim in order to avoid
dangerous situations in the future.”
The Town offers numerous programs that teach children how to
swim. For opportunities to learn to
swim, visit the Town’s website at: www.northhempsteadny.gov
or call 311.
Children swimming at Whitney Pond Park Pool