Each year some 40,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with in-ground swimming pools. The greatest number of those injuries is a result of falls on slippery surfaces surrounding pools. Installation of non-slip material around the pool could make the area safer. It is also a good idea to place rescue and first aid equipment nearby. Keeping electrical appliances, such as radios, away from the swimming pool will reduce hazards of electric shock.
Consumers who may be building swimming pools this season should consider constructing a tall fence on all sides of the pool. Young children drown each summer because they wander into swimming pools unnoticed. And for this reason, the swimming pool should not be directly accessible from house or patio doors.
The mission of the fire department is to provide emergency response, prevention, preparedness, and education to residents, businesses and visitors of our city so they can live safely and prosper in a hazard resilient community.