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New Muncy pool lights illuminate the way for Water Safety Month

By Staff | May 21, 2012

Jamie Brelsford, President of the Muncy Pool Association, announced that new lights have recently been installed so the community and public can hold activities at night this summer season.

MUNCY – May is Water Safety Month and what better way to get it started than with a new addition at the Muncy community pool. Jamie Brelsord, President of the Muncy Pool Association announced that opening day for the season will begin on Saturday, June 2.

Having an electrical system installed will help the community plan more events and special activities such as movies at night, adult swims and family gatherings according to Brelsford.

“Community days may have extended hours for nightly events,” he said.

For the past two years the the association has been working with a capital fund project to increase funding to enhance the infrastructure. Electrical wiring and outlets were installed and a speaker system will be installed later in the season.

Upon receiving $13,000 in funding from the Margaret Waldron Foundation, a local contractor from Turbotille was hired to install three stanchions with nine light heads. “The work was completed two weeks ago,” Brelsford added.

Kindra Brelsford is also organizing the Tri-Town swim teams for the summer. Future endeavors include remodeling the kids pool.

According to Association of Pool & Spa Professionals President and CEO Bill Weber, “The best way for adults and children to enjoy the fun and health benefits that our industry provides is through layers of protection, and most importantly through active adult supervision.”

Layers of protection are about multiple safeguards, starting with continual supervision, and carrying through to alarms, fences, self-latching gates, close availability of life-saving equipment and other precautions that can prevent drowning. Safety precautions also encompass prevention of slips and falls, monitoring water chemistry and taking steps to eliminate hazards related to electrical, heating or other equipment.

While many safety precautions are completely voluntary, some are mandated by law. One of the most recent is the enactment of safety codes designed to prevent entrapment dangers caused by suction from spa and pool drains. The codes require new residential pools and spas to have updated drain covers, as well as a dual drain Suction Vacuum Release System (SVRS). Owners of older pools and spas can ask their pool service provider to install drain covers that meet safety requirements.

The Muncy Pool will be available for rentals and family gatherings. To register for swim team or to reserve the pool call 546-9341.