Westchester County Officials Offer Swimming Safety Tips

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Westchester County officials are reminding residents to stay safe while swimming this summer.
Westchester County officials are reminding residents to stay safe while swimming this summer. Photo Credit: Peter DiChiara

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler recently offered tips to keep residents safe while at the pool or beach this summer. 

“County pools and beaches are open for the season, and we have worked hard to ensure that our residents' safety is first priority,” Astorino said in a statement. “Never swim in areas that are marked closed, and it’s always good to remind children to swim near lifeguards.”

Follow these tips to stay safe around pools and beaches this summer:

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
  • Never leave a child unattended in or near the water and always watch your children closely around all bodies of water.
  • Designate a water watcher to supervise children in the pool, spa or at the shore. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smartphone or otherwise distracted.
  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards, and if you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safe drain covers.
  • At the beach, never fight currents; swim parallel to shore and at an angle if you find yourself in a rip current.
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