Pools help residents cool off in summer heat

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The eight outdoor pools in the City of Buffalo opened Tuesday.

They’re open six days a week, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are closed one day each week for maintenance. The ten city splash pads are open seven days a week and the two indoor pools stay open all year long.

RELATED | See the full list of locations and their hours here

Mayor Byron Brown took Tuesday’s opening event to remind children not to swim in unmarked bodies of water without lifeguards on duty.

Buffalo Department of Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak spoke to News 4 about the different pools and splash pads the city offers its residents as great alternatives to dangerous waters.  “It’s beautiful to live along the waterfront. It’s beautiful scenery we have, but those waters are very dangerous and avoid those at all costs, and maximize the benefits of these facilities.”

Last summer at the Union Ship Canal, 16 year old Alexis Matte of Buffalo and 17 year old Dondre Herring of Lackawanna lost their lives.  The water is known to be murky and dangerous.  Signs are posted warning people not to swim.

Mayor Brown officially opened the pools at Centennial Pool in LaSalle Park.  That pool underwent $4 million dollars of renovations several years ago.  The city has spent another $600,000 dollars fixing up other pools in the city during the last two years..

Staying cool is important on hot days. Make sure to follow these tips in the hot summer weather:

- Remember to drink lots of water even when you’re not thirsty.
– Wear light lose clothing.
– Stay in a cool place, like the mall or movies, if you don’t have air conditioning.
– Never keep children or pets in a car, even if the windows cracked and it’s not that hot outside. Children have died in cars when the temperature might be 80 outside but inside the car it could be around 120 degrees. Children’s bodies warm faster than adults so keep them cool at all times.
– Signs of heat stroke include altered mental state, headache, nausea, skin may be hot and dry and someone can have a rapid pulse. Call 911 immediately if this is happening. Do not give a person fluids but move the victim to a cooler environment until medial help arrives.

Visit ci.buffalo.ny.us to find out more about heat safety.

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