Edgemont couple who lost child to drowning reminds Westchester of pool safety tips

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EDGEMONT -

Westchester County officials are making sure you're being safe this Independence Day, especially if you're planning to spend it by the pool.

Daniel Pfeffer and Heather Landau, of Edgemont, tragically lost their 27-month-old daughter in an accidental drowning at their vacation home in 2015.

"We were packing the car and Saige slipped away for a moment," says Landau. "But that was too long."

The couple joined Westchester officials at Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains Tuesday, offering advice ahead of the holiday weekend.

"It's really great to have an audible alarm when someone enters the area of the pool," says Westchester Health Commissioner Dr. Shelita Amler.

Another piece of advice offered was to teach children to swim at an early age.

Statistics show that most accidental drownings happen outside of designated swimming time. With that in mind, Pfeffer and Landau have designed a "water guardian" tag. It is meant to be worn by a designated adult anytime children have access to water.

"It's a tangible reminder that the risk of drowning is real," says Landau.

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