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Don’t let backyard pool safety complacency claim a life; safety clinics offered May 5, 26 at Angela Caughlin Pool


Press Release — Residential swimming pools are involved in nearly half of all drowning and near drowning incidents among preschoolers.  With the summer swimming season around the corner the City is offering Free Backyard Pool Owner Safety Clinics.  They will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 and 26 at the Angela Coughlan Pool.

The clinics will provide pool owners with the tools necessary to stay safe when playing in and around the water of their backyard pool. Hundreds of children’s lives are claimed each year due to pool-related accidents. This training is for anyone who owns a pool or hot tub.  This course will provide the owner with emergency scene assessment, injury prevention, pool safety equipment, basic water rescue skills and first aid training.  Having a set of safety checks will ensure your family and friends will have a safe enjoyable experience in your pool this summer.

Installing proper pool covers, fencing and drains are life-saving precautions pool owners can take to protect their friends and families.

Something as small as making everyone aware of the depth of a pool or keeping the deck clear of toys and debris can significantly reduce the risk of head injuries or tripping hazards.

After a long winter, it is also important for residents to keep safety in mind when draining a pool. Always pump the water to an open area away from the pool to keep the water from going under the lining or concrete, as this can lift the pool out of the ground or cause the pool liner to bulge.

The best location to drain your pool is into a storm drain. Due to the chemicals, draining a pool into ponds, creeks or streams is harmful to wildlife and the watershed.

Keep pool safety in mind and register for the Safety Clinics online at with Rec Express number TTR 386658 and TTR 386659.

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