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Letter to Editor: Fire Department Raises Pool Safety Awareness In Wilton

Wilton Fire Chief Ron Kanterman
Wilton Fire Chief Ron Kanterman Photo Credit: LinkedIn

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit your letter, e-mail

To the editor:

April POOLS Day is coming. Saturday, April 30 will be declared April POOLS Day in Wilton. We as a town are going to kick off the pool and swimming season in the right frame of mind and heighten situational awareness of the dangers of water activities. The fire department, police department and the Wilton Dive Rescue Team are about to embark on a town-wide drown-prevention program. Why are we doing this?

1. It’s part and parcel of our overall “Community Risk Reduction” plan.

2. We have a lot of privately owned pools in town along with public pools and swimming areas.

3. All of the drown-prevention programs we have studied and researched had a child’s name on it. We’re naming ours, “The Wilton Drown Prevention Program.”

4. Being pro-active with programs such as these creates a well-informed and safer town. Some introductory facts: We have 940 in-ground privately owned pools in town; home pool drowning is a leading cause of death for children younger than 5; children are out of sight less than 5 minutes and under the care of one or both parents at the time of many home pool drownings.

Things to think about as you open your pool for the season:

  • Store and use pool chemicals safely.
  • Check your fence and ensure the gate closes and latches properly.
  • Check house door alarms and floating pool alarms for proper operation.
  • Learn how to safely respond to water emergencies (CPR, first aid, lifeguarding, basic water rescue) by taking a class.
  • Enroll non-swimmers in a swimming class. No one is drown proof and remember that no one can learn how to swim in 2-3 lessons.
  • Make sure your hot tub is covered securely when not in use.

We will run a series of articles regarding April POOLS Day through local media, social media and town websites for reference and will continue through the summer and swimming season. Happy April POOLS Day!

Click here for more information on water safety. Click here for more information on drowning prevention.

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