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What's Your Water Safety IQ?

Are you a pool fool or an H2-Pro?

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  1. Get out of the pool and head indoors
    Keep swimming — lightning can't strike water
    Get out of the water but stay nearby
    Call 9-1-1
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Get out of the water immediately!

    At the first sign of an oncoming thunderstorm, you should get out of the water and head indoors immediately! Lightning frequently strikes bodies of water (which conduct electricity very well), so it's extremely dangerous to be anywhere near a pool during a thunderstorm. Go inside and wait it out!

    Get out of the water immediately!
  2. Pool toys
    A life vest
    Water wings/floaties
    That awkward bubble in your swimsuit
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Life jackets!

    Toys like beach balls and floaties are not appropriate personal flotation devices for pooltime. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jackets around water. And remember: These devices should NEVER substitute adult supervision!

    Life jackets!
  3. True
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    False!

    Not only should you protect your skin with sunscreen that has SPF protection, but you should also drink plenty of water regularly, even if you're not thirsty, and avoid drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine!

    False!
  4. You're finished with a long jog
    You're trying to catch catfish
    You're with a responsible adult
    It's NEVER OK to swim in a canal
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Don't swim in canals!

    Canals transport water across the Valley. They are not for swimming. DON'T EVER SWIM IN CANALS! Enjoy the parks and jogging trails around canals in your area, but leave the swimming to the pool!

    Don't swim in canals!
  5. Should be encouraged to hold their breath as long as possible
    Should be supervised by an adult at all times
    Should always keep their heads above water
    Should really understand the history of Marco Polo before playing the game
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Kids should be supervised by an adult at all times!

    Kids should be supervised around the pool at all times by a responsible adult, and older kids and teenagers should always swim with a buddy who can watch their back. When supervising kids, avoid distractions like phones, computers, TV, and anything else that will take your attention away from the pool. Accidents only take a second!

    Kids should be supervised by an adult at all times!
  6. Get it out with a long stick
    Just let it go, man. Frisbees are super cheap. Buy a new one!
    Wade into the water slowly and carefully to retrieve the Frisbee
    Send your least favorite friend into the canal to get the Frisbee
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Dude, just buy a new Frisbee!

    You should never approach the water in a canal because the banks are super slippery, and there's a strong water current that makes it difficult to get out. If your Frisbee falls into a canal, it's best just to let it go!

    Dude, just buy a new Frisbee!
  7. No more than one minute
    No more than 10 seconds
    You should never leave a kid unattended around water
    As long as you want! Kids six months and younger are amphibious.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    NEVER leave a child unattended in the bathtub!

    We can't repeat this enough: You should NEVER, EVER, EVER leave a child unattended in the bathtub or around any amount of water for any amount of time. A child can drown in any amount of water (even less than a teaspoon), so avoid answering the phone or sending that funny text until after bathtime!

    NEVER leave a child unattended in the bathtub!
  8. Leave them there until next time
    Put them on the side of the pool
    Burn them
    Take them far away from the pool area
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Get 'em outta there!

    Look at this beach ball. Don't you just want to jump in and play with it? And you're an adult! Just imagine how kids feel when they see this! Be sure to keep pool toys out of the water and out of kids' reach when not in use. That way, your kids can't plan an unscheduled pool party without your help!

    Get 'em outta there!
  9. True
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You can never be too good of a swimmer!

    Learning to swim is a lifelong skill, and it's never too late to learn! Sign up the whole family for swimming lessons. It's also a good form of exercise and a great way to keep cool in the Arizona heat!

    You can never be too good of a swimmer!
  10. The pool is overfilled with water
    The water depth is not clearly marked
    There's no fence around the pool
    There's no ladder in the deep end
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Where's the fence?!

    Every pool should be surrounded by a childproof fence, far enough away from furniture, trees, and ledges so as not to be climbed over. Kids are extremely clever, so think of yours like they're a jewel thief and your pool is the Crown Jewels. Make it IMPOSSIBLE to get to the pool without your help!

    Where's the fence?!
  11. If you dial 9-1-1 from your cell phone, they automatically know your location
    Avoid using your phone around the pool, except in the case of an emergency
    Everyone in your family should have basic CPR training
    It's OK for the family pet to play in the pool with kids under adult supervision
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    9-1-1 has no idea where you are!

    It's always wise to supervise kids (and pets) in the pool, to know basic CPR, and to avoid using phones during pooltime. However, it's important to remember you must give 9-1-1 your address in the case of an emergency. They can't track your mobile phone, so tell 'em where you are!

    9-1-1 has no idea where you are!

What's Your Water Safety IQ?

Oh no! You're kind of a pool fool!

When it comes to water safety, you have a lot of work to do. Brush up on your water safety knowledge, and always remember to be aware of your surroundings and watch kids around water...or maybe just have a responsible adult with you at all times. It'll make your summer a lot more safe, and a LOT more fun!

Oh no! You're kind of a pool fool!
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Hmm. Your water wits could definitely use some work.

Look at the bright side: You could have done slightly worse on this quiz! Get some basic CPR training, have an emergency action plan, avoid phones and other distractions around the pool, and ALWAYS keep a close eye on kids around water. Be safe out there!

Hmm. Your water wits could definitely use some work.
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Not bad! You're definitely wise in the ways of water!

You still have a few things to learn about water safety, but you're head-and-shoulders above the rest! Just remember to keep an eye on kids around water, have an emergency action plan, and keep your water wits about you, and you'll be the coolest (and safest) person at the pool!

Not bad! You're definitely wise in the ways of water!
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Wow! You're an H2-Pro!

You really know your way (safely) around water! Just remember: Always be aware of your surroundings, watch kids at all times around water, and make sure you have an action plan in case of an emergency. You're on your way to a safe, happy summer of fun in the sun. Now get swimmin'!

Wow! You're an H2-Pro!
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This summer, SRP reminds you to stop and think whenever you're around water. Be safe, and don't forget to have fun!

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