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With summer here, it is important to remember swimming pool safety. Pool safety is something that should be taken very seriously. Prevention is the best way to stop someone from drowning.
One of the easiest ways to help prevent an accident is to secure the pool area. You can secure your pool area by installing a fence, an alarm, or a pool safety cover. New York state requires a fence to be at least 48 inches tall. It should have a gate with a handle high enough so your child cannot operate it and a lock.
New York state requires that all pools installed after Dec. 14, 2006 have a pool alarm. A pool alarm lets you know when the water in the pool has been disturbed through sensors that detect movement in the pool.
For additional security, consider adding a gate alarm that will let you know when the gate to the pool is opened. A pool safety cover is designed to stop people from accidentally falling in to the pool. Covers can be either solid or mesh and are fastened down to the pool deck.
For more information about pool safety, visit the state Department of State website at www dos.ny.gov/dcea/pools.
Learning to swim may be the best way to prevent accidental drownings and lessons are offered to children and adults of all ages. If you are looking for learn to swim classes, check out the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center.
We have group and private lessons for every ability. When you visit the Ciccotti Center, make sure you check out the Swim Celebration Wall. We are o-FISH-ally adding the next wave of fish and invite you to be a part of this benefit campaign that honors loved ones and celebrates significant milestones. Sponsorships of these beautiful multi-colored fish start at $100.
For more information, visit our website at www.colonieyouthcenter.org or call 518.438.9596.
While taking steps to secure your pool and learning how to swim may help prevent many accidents, accidents still occur so it is best to be prepared. Consider enrolling in a CPR/ First Aid course. To find certified learn to swim and CPR providers visit www.redcross/org. Enjoy a summer filled with fun, safe swimming.
Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard
Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center