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Letter: Pool Safety

As a concerned 13-year-old, I would like to remind people about the importance of water safety as summer vacation begins. In fact, just this week on Long Island a 3-year old child drowned in a pool and a sixth-grader drowned at Long Beach. Pools and beaches can be a lot of fun as long as you know how to swim and have supervision. It is important to remember safety near a pool, as you can easily float into the deep end or fall off the edge and get into trouble.

People should keep their pools protected by a fence and inaccessible to children, as they may try to go to the pool without their parent’s knowledge. Also, pool owners should have alarms and safety hooks. Parents should teach their kids to swim at an early age and supervise them at all times. Moreover, you should always have an adult or another person with you when you go into the pool just in case something happens and you need help. At a beach, you should not swim if there is no lifeguard, as riptides and waves can knock a person down or pull them away from the shore even if you know how to swim. If you are going to be around water, you should know how to swim and be supervised. With a little precaution, you can enjoy water without worry.

Ryan Fleishman