NYC Public Pools Have Opened! Keep Kids Safe In & Around the Pool This Summer

NYC public pools opened for the summer on Thursday, June 27. All 55 pools will be open daily from 11am to 7pm through Labor Day.

Pools can provide a lot of fun and exercise for children, but a fun day can turn into a tragedy if proper safety precautions are not taken. Follow these tips or ask your child’s caretaker to follow these tips when taking your kids to a public pool this summer:

  • Never leave children alone in or near a pool and be sure that they are always supervised by an adult who can swim.
  • Don’t use inflatable rafts or other floatation devices as substitutes for approved life vests.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings that could suck them under.
  • Teach children how to swim or make sure they know basic water-safety tips.
  • As a parent or caregiver, learn CPR and rescue breathing techniques.
  • Never drink alcohol when supervising a child in or around a swimming pool.
  • Avoid distractions when supervising a child who is in or around a pool – do not read, listen to music, or be distracted by others around you when supervising a child.

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 in the U.S. Kids ages 1-4 are more likely to drown in residential pools than in any other body of water. Take the necessary precautions to keep your kids safe this summer.

Losing a child to a drowning is tragic and is always preventable. If your child has been seriously injured or has lost their life due to the negligence of a caregiver or of a public swimming pool’s staff member, contact us immediately. Fill out our free evaluation form today.

The Parks Department is offering free swimming lessons for toddlers, children and adults at many of the NYC public pools. There will be three sessions this summer. To register for swimming lessons or for more information, visit: http://www.nycgovparks.org/registration/aquatics

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