January 29, 2023
Annapolis, US 42 F

Annapolis Fire Department releases pool and water safety tips

annapolis fire departmentNow that area swimming pools are open, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides and Fire Chief David Stokes urge residents to adhere to the following tips to stay safe this summer:

  • Always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always supervise children in the water.  
  • Ensure proper life jackets and/or age appropriate coast guard approved flotation devices are available.
  • Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool unexpectedly.
  • Secure your pool with at least a 4’ high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • Ensure everyone in the home learns how to swim.
  • Keep the pool/spa water clean and clear.  Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
  • Establish rules for the pool deck such as “No Diving,” “Swim with a Buddy” and “No Running.”
  • Avoid alcohol use if swimming. 
  • Keep toys away from pool edge so they don’t attract young children.
  • Make sure everyone knows the emergency number to call… 911
  • If a child is missing, check the water first… every second counts!  
  • The adult swim supervisor should know CPR.  If you would like to learn more about CPR certification provided by the Annapolis Fire Department, email [email protected], or call the Emergency Medical Services Division at 410-263-7978.

For more information on summer safety tips, contact Battalion Chief Aaron Boston at  410-263-7975 and press 2 or email [email protected]

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