Remembering to stay safe as pools reopen for summer

A child advocacy group found that only about one-third of parents know that water is one of the top killers of kids

More than 100 people showed up to enjoy the grand opening of The Cortland Splash Pad at Pearl Street Park.

CORTLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – More than 100 people showed up to enjoy the grand opening of The Cortland Splash Pad at Pearl Street Park.

It has fountains and other sprinklers kids of all ages can enjoy to keep cool in the heat.

“It was just ironic that it came in at the hottest part of the year, so what a great way to kick off Memorial Day and summer but to have the warm weather and the Splash Pad available for them to come out, and you can see by the crowd here it’s been a hit,” said Cortland City Councilman Kevin Piros.

Several pools across the Valley reopened their doors for the season too.

Big crowds are expected on Monday, and aquatic staffs want to make sure parents and kids are prepared to keep the fun safe. Kids, and especially infants, can drown in just an inch of water if their mouths and noses are submerged.

A child advocacy group found that only about one-third of parents know that water is one of the top killers of kids.

“There’s no substitute for supervision. Even when kids can swim, they make poor decisions because they’re young,” said the Boardman YMCA’s Aquatics Director, Chris Hughes.

One mom said keeping constant watch and communication with her kids on their whereabouts has helped her keep them safe.

“They know exactly where our chairs are, they know to check back with us frequently and to let me know if they’re going to go to a different area of the pool,” said Ellen Vandussan of Canfield.

Hughes said to test your kids’ abilities if they don’t go swimming often, before you set them free. But, if you aren’t comfortable, set up boundaries in the pool that they can’t cross.

“The lifeguards are there as your second defense. You as parents should be the first defense watching your kids, and if something happens that you can’t do to control your kids or to help your kids or your kids get into trouble, that’s when the lifeguard would step in,” Hughes said.

 

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