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Q: A safety-equipped pool has all but one of the following items: (a) ring buoy; (b) first-aid kit; (c) phone; (d) water wings, “noodles” or inflatables; (e) shepherd’s crook; (f) CPR instructions.
A: (d). Inflatables and toys are not substitutes for life jackets, which the Red Cross recommends young children or inexperienced swimmers wear around water. Having a phone at poolside not only makes it quicker to call for help, but it keeps adults from having to leave the pool to answer phone calls inside the house.
Q: True or false: When watching kids play in the water, it’s OK to quickly look away to check Facebook and Twitter on your cellphone.
A: False! Don’t let anything distract you. Remember, disaster can strike in seconds.
• The “Swim by American Red Cross” app is free for iPhone and Android devices. It contains safety information and quizzes, including some aimed at kids. You also can find courses and track your child’s progress through various levels of swim instruction.
• CDC: www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/
• National Drowning Prevention Alliance: http://ndpa.org/