North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the town board remind residents that with the onset of pool season, some precautions should be taken regarding pool safety. According to town officials, when school is out for the summer and children rush to the pools, safety is a main concern and 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 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4, with an average of 390 annual deaths in the United States.
“Summer is an exciting time of the year as we open our pristine town pools and welcome scores of families to enjoy our facilities,” Bosworth said. “However, prior to spending time in your own pool or at a public pool, there are necessary guidelines that parents and children should be aware of.”
Pool 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.
Put up a fence to separate your house from the pool. The Town requires the installation of a fence at least six 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
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.
Bosworth is also encouraging parents to teach their children to swim.
“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,” she said.