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A plastic ring buoy is so light even a child can save a life if need arises. These items coupled with a pool emergency action plan -- similar to a fire drill -- help whole family breathe a little easier.
In addition, Red Cross recommends that pools be surrounded on all sides by a fence that is at least 4 feet high. It should not provide any footholds, which would allow a child to climb over or spacing to climb through. The fence should have a self-closing, self-locking gate that is locked when pool is not in use.
4. Pack a "safety" bag for a day at beach or lake. The properly packed safety bag will help ensure a fun day in which everyone comes home safe and sound. Water-proof sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher, water shoes to keep feet safe from heat and sharp objects on land and plenty of water are musts. All containers should be plastic to prevent injuries from breaking glass. Also, a hat and sunglasses keep eyes safe from dangerous UV rays.
5. Learn Red Cross first aid and CPR. While above tips can help prevent emergencies, it is important to know what to do if a situation arises. And all caregivers, including grandparents, older siblings and babysitters should have these lifesaving skills.
For more information on staying safe in and around water visit http://www.redcross.org/services/hss/aquatics/ or contact your local American Red Cross chapter.
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