Officials stress importance of pool safety this summer

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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano joined Stew and Kim Leonard, who became major advocated for water safety after they lost their toddler in a backyard pool drowning, to talk about water safety as families look to beat the heat this summer.

Pool installations in New York and around the nation are up nearly 400 percent due to COVID-19 and social distancing.

So the Leonards and officials are sharing tips for new pool owners who may be unaware of how they can keep children safe around pools and water.

“The main thing you can do right now is talk to your child,” Kim Leonard said.

The Leonards spoke to Mr. G one-on-one last summer. Watch that interview here.

The Red Cross has water safety tips for children available here. Tips include:

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
  • Always swim with a buddy
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water
  • Teach children to ask permission to go near water
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water
  • Make sure everyone in your family learns how to swim well
  • Secure pools with appropriate barriers
  • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water

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