Donald C. Cudmore, Chief of Police
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833Georgetown Fire Department
Albert B. Beardsley, Fire Chief
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Joint Press Release: Georgetown Police and Fire Recommend Pool Safety Tips
GEORGETOWN — Police Chief Donald Cudmore and Fire Chief Albert Beardsley are urging residents to take precautions while by the water, as multiple pool-related fatalities have already occurred this season.
“We recommend pool owners take a moment to review these precautions to help ensure all swimmers are safe when they’re in or near the water,” Chief Cudmore said. “We hope to see zero pool-related fatalities this summer.”
The American Red Cross reports that over 200 children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. Chief Beardsley and Chief Cudmore suggest the following tips to keep pool goers 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.
“Residents should always remember to properly secure their pool, especially if there are children in the household,” Chief Beardsley said. “Please be cognizant of your surroundings when by the water, swimming and after you get out for the day. ”