County Executive Curran Announces Nassau’s Water Safety Measures and Life-Saving Tips for Pool Owners

Curran: "We want to ensure that all residents have an enjoyable but safe summer."

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran speaking on the importance of pool safety.

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Mineola, NY - July 26, 2018 - Nassau County Executive Laura Curran joined with Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Parks Officials and lifeguards to discuss safety measures at Nassau County’s pools this summer season while offering life-saving tips for private pool use.
“As residents fill their summer days with activities at one of Nassau County’s beautiful outdoor pool facilities, our beaches or participate in water activities at home, it is important to remember these life-saving water safety tips,” said County Executive Curran. “We want to ensure that all residents have an enjoyable but safe summer.”
Pool Safety:
  • We are encouraging everyone NEVER to swim alone.
  • Parents, please be extra vigilant in supervising your children around water.
  • Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen!
Swim Safety Tips:
  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Maintain constant supervision.
  • Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses. We offer these at our Aquatic Center. For more information please call: (516) 572-0501.
  • Make sure your pool has an alarm capable of detecting a child in the water. Any motion will set off these types of alarms, alerting pool owners immediately.
  • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.