FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2021
Pool Safety Tips Can Be Life-Saving!
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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.
In addition, the Town 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. Homeowners should inspect fences periodically to make sure they are not in disrepair.
Town Supervisor Bosworth stated, “Teaching your children how to swim at a young age provides them with the foundation for becoming a stronger swimmer as they mature. I encourage all parents to teach their children to swim to avoid dangerous situations in the future.”
According to the CDC, each day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. In the United States, drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death.
“As temperatures begin warming up and pools start opening for the season, we want to make sure that families keep their children safe,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “It is important that everyone is aware of these simple guidelines and precautions that can ultimately help save lives.”
Pool Safety Tips from the Town of North Hempstead
For more information on safety tips and navigation rules, please call 311.