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 Water Safety Tips

sunglasses-1284419 640SOMERVILLE -- With summer here and many Somerville residents heading to nearby pools, Chief David Fallon and the Somerville Police Department are urging everyone to use caution in order to stay safe while they find ways to cool down.

"We are very fortunate to have multiple locations for our residents to take solace during the hot weather," Chief Fallon said. "However, we want to remind our citizens to be safe, even if there are lifeguards on duty. Follow all rules and guidelines, and parents, please supervise your children at all times."

The Kennedy School Pool, a department of the Somerville schools, is a popular swimming destination that provides services to the entire Somerville community. There are two pools at the Kennedy School, which each have a lifeguard on duty. The Kennedy Pool is located at 5 Cherry St. in the basement of the Kennedy School.

Another popular swimming spot is the Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool at Foss Park, 235 Broadway. It opens for the season on Saturday, June 25 and will remain open through Aug. 28. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) operates the pool daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. during the summer.

While at reservations run by DCR, please remember:

• Follow the direction of the park staff at all times.

• Practice sun safety: always wear sunscreen, seek shaded areas and protect your skin from direct sun exposure.

• Drinking or possessing alcohol is prohibited.

• Open fires and grilling are not allowed on the premises.

Dilboy Field Pool, 324 Alewife Brook Pkwy, is scheduled to open on June 25. Hours of operation are from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m, Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

red-30141 640When accessing pools, Somerville Police suggest that the community follow safety tips outlined by the American Red Cross:

• Per Massachusetts law, have at least a 4-foot-high barrier that encloses the pool and an access gate that self-closes, locks, and opens outward from the swimming area (even if you do not have children).

• Fasten a safety cover over the pool when it is not in use, and remove ladders to further prevent access into the pool. For added safety, install a pool alarm that will sound if anyone enters the water.

• Never leave children unattended while they are near or in a pool, and make sure they have an adult to accompany them into the water. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or inflatable arm floats.

• Make sure children stay away from pool drains, pipes, or any other openings to avoid getting trapped or hurt. If a child is missing, always check the pool first.

• Set safety instructions and share them with family, friends, neighbors, or anyone else who is near or uses the pool. Advise children to stay away from pool deep ends, and to always walk, never run, near the pool.

• Take a CPR course for adults and children to be prepared if an emergency situation occurs. Update skills regularly.

 

 

Reminder for Somerville Residents: Fireworks

Somerville Police Remind Residents that Fireworks are Illegal in Massachusetts

SOMERVILLE — With the Fourth of July approaching, Chief David Fallon and the Somerville Police Department encourage you to keep in mind the laws on fireworks in Massachusetts.

It is illegal to use, possess, or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called "safe and sane fireworks." Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Citizens are also prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and then transporting them into the state.

Additionally, while the government cannot prohibit the advertising and sale of fireworks by mail, police can and will confiscate illegal shipments. Many consumers attempting to circumvent the law have lost both their money and their fireworks.

"If you are caught with illegal possession of fireworks, they will be taken away and you risk receiving a fine of up to $100," Chief Fallon said. "Please keep your own safety in mind this season, as well as the safety of others."

The Office of the State Fire Marshal reports that from 2006-2015, there were 775 major fire and explosion incidents involving illegal fireworks reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System. These incidents caused 11 civilian injuries, four fire service injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $1.8 million.

This doesn't mean citizens cannot enjoy fireworks displays this holiday weekend and in the future. However, Chief Fallon and the Somerville Police Department recommend that residents only attend celebrations put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety for all.

Residents should also remember to:

•Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
•Call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks.
•Set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks. If kids see adults using them, they may not realize the dangers and could be encouraged to pick up matches or lighters.
•Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and could easily cause severe burns and injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that fireworks can cause death and injury, including burns, loss of limbs or extremities, contusions, lacerations and eye injuries.

Fifty-one percent of fireworks-related burn injuries reported by hospitals to the Office of the State Fire Marshal from 2006-2015 were to children under age 18. More than a quarter of the victims were children under age 10.

"Fire officials across the state urge everyone to leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the many public displays supervised by local fire departments," State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said. "Be sure to set a good example for your children. They will imitate what you do and there are better places to the spend the holiday than the emergency room."

 

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