William F. Spillane
Chief of Department, CFO
436 Washington St.
Dedham, MA 02026
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Dedham Fire Department Offers Water Safety Tips to Community Residents
DEDHAM — With summer vacation just weeks away, Chief William Spillane and the Dedham Fire Department ask residents to remember these safety tips as they spend time outdoors and in pools.
“Summer break is soon upon us, which means more opportunities for children to play outside,” Chief Spillane said. “Parents, please watch over children when they are in and around pools – even if it’s in your own backyard.”
For those with their own pools, Dedham Fire suggests that the community follow safety tips outlined by the American Red Cross:
- 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.