In Wake of Tragic Drowning, Murray Steps Up Pool Safety Campaign, Hempstead Town to Mail Pool Safety Brochure to Homes

On the heels of the recent pool tragedy, today Supervisor Kate Murray and Hempstead Town officials today took the latest in a series of steps to help prevent tragic drownings across Long Island. Murray was so deeply moved by this weekend’s heartbreaking incident that she has directed the mailing of the town’s life-saving pool safety brochure to every home in Hempstead Town, and has made it available to the general public.

“Even if you have children but no pool, a pool and no kids, or a pool and children, we all know someone who could be impacted by the potential dangers lurking in the water,” Murray said. “I was emotionally moved by this weekend’s pool tragedy and would like to do everything we can as a town to prevent something like this from happening again.”

Murray announced the new pool safety initiative today at a press conference held at the Echo Park Pool in West Hempstead. During the press conference, Hempstead Town’s certified lifeguards performed life-saving demonstrations, including a session on CPR.

Murray’s call for the latest pool safety initiative is an extension of Hempstead Town’s aggressive campaign to inform and educate residents about pool dangers and important life-saving water safety tips. Last year, Hempstead Town partnered with local superintendents to distribute water safety brochures to students at schools across the township. A year before that, Hempstead Town sponsored a public safety announcement on local television stations to promote the importance of safety in our waters.

While every homeowner in Hempstead Town will receive a pool safety brochure in the mail, the general public can request a brochure by calling the Office of Communications at (516) 812-3303.

“There are too many heartbreaking stories of young children who fall victim to pool drownings,” Murray said. “The town’s pool safety brochure details tips to protect swimmers, and stresses the importance of a working pool alarm. Taking these tips seriously can prevent a tragedy. It is never too soon to save a life.”