Long Island officials urge pool alarms

July 16, 2008 3:50:11 PM PDT
These days parents make sure their kids know the drill when it comes to pool safety. Regardless, 8 people have died in pools and beaches on Long Island in recent weeks.

The Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray says that's why she is proposing legislation that would force all pool owners to install an alarm. The alarm alerts homeowners when someone enters the water.

There are thousands of pools in town of Hempstead, so it would be impossible to enforce. Building inspectors would be asked to look for the violation when responding to other calls.

More than 15,000 brochures detailing pool safety will be distributed at town facilities.

Right now state law requires pools built after December 2006 to have pool alarms, but for 200 dollars most people are on board.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren DeFranco