David Scott, Chief of Police
59 Main St.
Pepperell, MA 01463
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Pepperell Police Offer Pool Safety Tips
PEPPERELL — Police Chief David Scott would like to remind residents to implement safety procedures before and after opening their pools for the season.
The American Red Cross reports that over 200 children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. Don’t become a statistic. Chief Scott recommends that residents:
• Per Massachusetts law, have at least a 4-foot-high barrier that encloses the pool (even if you don’t have children) and an access gate that self-closes, locks and opens outward from the swimming area. Fasten a safety cover when the pool is not in use. Remove ladders to further prevent access into the pool. For extra safety, install a pool alarm that will sound if anyone enters the water.
• Never leave children unattended while they’re near or in a pool and make sure they have an adult buddy to accompany them into the water. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or inflatable arm floats.
• Make sure children stay away from pool drains, pipes or any other openings to avoid getting trapped or hurt. If a child does go missing, check the pool first.
• Set safety instructions and share them with family, friends, neighbors or anyone who is near or using the pool. Advise children to stay clear of pool deep ends, and to always walk, not run around the pool.
• Take a CPR course for adults and children to be prepared if an emergency situation occurs. Update skills regularly.
“It never hurts to be over cautious or prepared when it comes to ensuring the safety of our children,” Chief Scott said. “Secure your pool properly and keep your eyes on young swimmers at all times. Educate yourself on first aid and how to perform CPR if an accident does occur. We hope to see no tragedies this summer.”