Chief Patrick Keefe
32 North Main St.
Andover, MA 01810
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Andover Police Offer Pool Safety Tips
ANDOVER — With summer right around the corner, the Andover Police Department would like to educate the community on several pool-related safety guidelines for this season.
Over 200 children drown in backyard swimming pools each year, according to the American Red Cross. So far, two children in New England have died from drowning in pools this season. In order to avoid these preventable accidents, the Department suggests that residents:
- Per Massachusetts law, 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 into 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 a 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 openings 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 is near or 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.