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POOLS SHOULD BE BANNED AT DAY CARE

I feel it is necessary to clarify a few items concerning the push by my daughter-in-law, Kristin Battaglia, and her friend, Amy Monte, to set more stringent requirements concerning day care centers.

The author of a recent letter regarding Alysa's Law stated that "the toddler drowned in a few inches of water, which could have just as easily been caused by a puddle of standing water."

While the first part of that statement is true, the second is ridiculous. Alysa fell into a pool cover, which had water in it.

Imagine a 2-year-old child trying to escape from a slippery, plastic, concave swimming pool cover with water in it, and that is the true picture. A child who fell into a puddle of water could simply stand up.

The push to have swimming pools banned at day care centers is an attempt to remove one more chance of injury or death. There is no need to have a swimming pool at a day care center for preschoolers. If people want to have a preschool center in their homes, they need to decide which is more important - the safety of the children in their care or the ability to go for a swim.

The proposed legislation will also require a certain ratio of adults to children, in order to provide more supervision so that tragic accidents such as happened to Alysa will not happen to others.

Although better supervision might have prevented this accident, the absence of a swimming pool would likely have led to Alysa being found in the back yard, and safely returned to her parents.

DAVID R. BATTAGLIA

Tonawanda

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