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Henderson County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday July 2nd, 2019 :: 05:02 p.m. EDT

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Sheriff Lowell Griffin urges citizens to stay safe around pools and fireworks this holiday.

With the July 4th weekend approaching, Henderson County Sheriff Lowell S. Griffin asks all citizens to join him her in making this Fourth of July holiday happy, enjoyable and safe for everyone.
Everyone should remember that fireworks, as enjoyable as they are to watch, can be dangerous and should only be handled by professionals.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, there are nearly 13,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks a year.

Griffin also wants citizens to use caution when swimming at a pool. 
                “Sadly, most deaths from drowning occur within a few feet of safety,” he said. “The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim.”

 At a swimming pool, take the following precautions: 

  1. Teach children basic water safety tips and enroll them in swimming lessons.
  2. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  3. Don’t rely on fun toys such as water wings or noodles to keep your children safe. If your child can’t swim, fit them with an appropriate personal floatation device (PFD).
  4. Have these items close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa: portable telephone, first aid kit, flotation device, and a pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing, or a pool cover if needed.
  5. If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
  6. Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors.
  7. Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
  8. Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.
  9. Make sure any pool and spa you use has complete drain covers. The suction created by the pool’s circulating pumps can be very dangerous unless it is reduced by covers.
  10. Keep your pool or spa cover is in good shape. If you notice defects have them repaired if possible or buy a new one.

Address/Location
Henderson County Sheriff's Office
100 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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Non-emergencies: 828-697-4912

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