Keller offers free pool safety surveys

Posted Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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To help keep families safe around water, the Keller Fire Department launched a new program offering residential pool safety surveys to the city’s property owners.

The Residential Pool Safety Survey Program stemmed from the department’s relationship with Safe Kids Tarrant County, a Cook Children’s coalition that focuses on raising awareness of drownings and other unintentional childhood injuries.

June 1, the city and Safe Kids Tarrant County held the area’s first Water Safety Walk, which used volunteers to distribute water safety education to Keller neighborhoods known to have pools.

The residential pool safety surveys include reviews of swimming pool gates; pool fences and surrounding areas; pumps, grates and suction; and chemicals. The families’ emergency preparations and supervision procedures will also be reviewed by firefighter/paramedics.

"This is our first year for the program, and we hope it is one that our citizens will really take advantage of," Keller Fire Chief David Jones said, via a press release. "Simple steps save lives, and with the number of residential pools we have in Keller, it is important for our citizens to be vigilant in taking those simple steps."

To schedule a pool safety review, contact the Keller Fire Department at 817-743-4400.

Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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