Pool safety tips for hot summer days


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – With the weather this hot outside, there’s nothing more popular for kids and adults alike to take a dip in the pool.

The sun is out and temperatures are in the 90’s, perfect weather for anyone to take a dip in a pool and cool off. Unfortunately, every single summer there are times when a fun time in the pool becomes a dangerous situation, and parents need to follow all precautions to keep their kids safe.

22News spoke with Diane Hieronymus, the Store Manager at Teddy Bear Pools and Spas, who says, “Just keep an eye on your child it’s almost common sense, if they can’t swim don’t leave them alone at any time even if you’re in the kitchen watching them accident’s can happen so quickly.”

There are safety features designed to alert adults when unsupervised children enter a pool though, and Hieronymus tells me pool alarms are becoming more popular, “On a day as hot as this one, many young ones just want to jump in the pool before their parents have a chance to supervise them. But before a certain age, that’s just not the safe thing to allow.”

Three young brothers from Wilbraham told 22News, that their pool is just irresistible on a day like today, “Because the sun is hot and the water is cold,” one of the boys says. But as fun as the pool is, they know what the number one rule is from their mom, “Always someone watching you.”

Some other tips parents can follow, are to know CPR, to get their kids to take swimming lessons, and have a fence around your pool. The CDC states that more children ages 1-4 die from drowning than any other cause of death, so anytime this summer if you’re around a toddler it is important to keep them safe at all times.

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Heath Kalb is a reporter who has been a part of the 22News team since 2022. Follow Heath on X @HeathKalb and view his bio to see more of his work.


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