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Backyard Pool Safety

Follow these safety tips from the American Red Cross to help prevent accidental drowning.  Never leave children unattended near water.  A child can fall into a pool and drown in just a matter of minutes.  Always keep basic life-saving equipment nearby.  Among these items should be U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation devices (life jackets and ring buoys) and a reaching pole.  Some families install pool alarms, which add extra protection.  Put a fence at least 4 ft. high around the pool area with a
self-closing, self-latching gate that is locked when the pool is not in use.  You and any caregivers should be trained in CPR.  Teach your children to swim at an early age.

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