Wakefield Fire Department

Pool Safety Precautions

Now that summer is underway, Chief Michael Sullivan would like to remind Wakefield residents to take the proper precautions and adhere to state regulations regarding swimming pools.

“Pools are a great way for residents to keep cool and enjoy the outdoors,” Chief Sullivan said. “We encourage residents to review the following safety tips as they prepare for a fun and enjoyable summer. It is important to always use proper safety precautions around water, especially when children are involved.”

The American Red Cross reports that more than 200 children drown in swimming pools each year. Additionally, drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children between the ages of 1 and 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Factors to consider when installing a pool include zoning requirements, electrical clearances, utility easements and contacting your insurance agency as pools require additional liability coverage.

The Wakefield Fire Department reminds residents to follow these safety regulations and recommended precautions:

For a complete listing of Massachusetts building code regulations regarding swimming pools, visit MA pool regulations.