Avoid alcohol: Alcohol slows reaction time and affects balance and judgment, so avoid drinking if you plan to swim.
Remove toys: Be cognizant of what toys and floats you leave in and around the pool, as well as any climbing device that can provide pool access. Some toys may lure young children to the water.
Plan for emergencies: Have an emergency plan that includes CPR training. Learn how to turn off the pool or spa pump should a suction entrapment occur, and know where to immediately find rescue equipment. Have a phone with you, whenever possible, so you can quickly dial 911, if needed.
The Division of Consumer Protection and the Division of Codes offer more information at dos.ny.gov.
By eliminating safety concerns, people can enjoy cooling off in pools around here without the threat of tragedy.