Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730BEDFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT
David Grunes, Fire Chief
55 Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Joint Press Release: Bedford Police and Fire Recommend Pool Safety Tips
BEDFORD — With multiple pool-related fatalities already on record this season, Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Fire Chief David Grunes are urging residents to take precautions while by the water.
“We hope to educate residents about several simple, yet crucial steps they can take to prevent a tragedy this summer,” Chief Bongiorno said. “Our goal is to always protect our community, and we believe by following these procedures, adults and children can have a fun and safe time at the pool.”
The American Red Cross reports that over 200 children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. Chief Bongiorno and Chief Grunes recommend the following tips to keep swimmers safe.
- Per Massachusetts regulation, have at least a 4-foot-high barrier that encloses the pool and an access gate that self-closes, locks, and opens outward from the swimming area (even if you don’t have children).
- Fasten a safety cover over the pool when it is not in use, and remove ladders to further prevent access to the pool. For added safety, install a pool alarm that will sound if anyone enters the water.
- Never leave children unattended while they are near or in the pool, and make sure they have an adult 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 opening to avoid getting trapped or hurt. If a child is missing, always check the pool first.
- Set safety instructions and share them with family, friends, neighbors, or anyone else who uses the pool. Advise children to stay away from pool deep ends, and to always walk, never run near the pool.
- Take a CPR course for adults and children to be prepared if an emergency situation occurs. Update skills regularly.
- Store pool chemicals in a safe manner and only open chemical containers outside or in a well-ventilated area. Chemical fumes can be very harmful and have resulted in residents needing to go to the hospital.
“Please follow these necessary provisions before and after you open your pool for the season,” Chief Grunes said. “Consistent vigilance will help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer.”