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New app aims to cut drowning

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 06:34 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
While most Americans are planning water activities such as going to the pool, beach, or fishing, the Red Cross is making sure people stay safe in the water.
And it’s doing so on smartphones, where help is at the tip of your fingers.
"Swimming season's upon us,” said Kathleen Musso, executive director of the American Red Cross. “Usually the Memorial Day weekend is the traditional opening of the swimming pool, and we want families and parents and children to be prepared."
That preparation is summed up in a new app the Red Cross just released called the Swim App. When lifeguards aren't on the clock, people can go to their phone and pull up the app. Within seconds, helpful tips pop up on the screen for emergency situations like drowning, bee stings, or something as simple as swimming lessons.
“So many places do not have lifeguards anymore,” Musso said. “Maybe your own a private pool -- of course you don't have a lifeguard. I know some beaches and motel swimming pools sometimes do not have lifeguards. It will help you through the steps in learning what to do."
The free app is downloadable on all smartphones.
Local lifeguards believe the app will help, especially when the swimming season gets busier because that's when accidents happen the most. It's also a time lifeguards are often limited.
“Whenever we're working, the parents kind of leave it on the lifeguards to watch their kids, which is our job, but at the same time, it's hard to control mass amounts,” Musso said. “And there's been situations when parents aren't paying attention.”
This is one of many apps the Red Cross has released

New app aims to cut drowning


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