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New policy at Joplin pools: no arm floaties

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Noodles and rafts are not allowed at Joplin public pools, and neither are arm floaties.

When Heidi Peterson took her granddaughter, Addi, to the pool at Cunningham Park in Joplin, she was greeted with a warning.

"She was made to take her arm floaties off and said they would come off if they raise their arms up," says Peterson.

"I know I've seen a lot of little girls and boys jump in with their arm floaties and I've seen them jump in and their arm floaties go up with their arms of course and them sliding right off, so in that situation a life guard would have to jump right in and save them," says pool operator Austin Bolt.

That's why Heather Krattley bought her daughter Satriana a Coast Guard approved life jacket.

"I've had a lot of issues with them sliding off her arms actually, and then the noodles they just - she's just not strong enough to hold onto it and keep herself above water," Krattley says.

"The arm floaties, we allowed them last year, but after calling in around the state and to other agencies, we decided to go with this policy," says recreation events manager Paul Bloomberg.

While arm floaties are not allowed in public pools, there are some exceptions.

"One would be the life jacket, which is Coast Guard approved, the other thing we allow, we do allow, a lot of families will have young children and they'll have a raft ring - as long as it has a seat to it, it has to have a bottom so the child can't fall through," Bloomberg says.

Keeping a close eye on your kids and with a few snaps of a jacket, having a fun and safe time this summer at the pool is easier for all.

"I would recommend the vests, just because it does fasten everywhere and in between their legs, it does not fall off," says Krattley.  "I've never had an issue with it at all."

"If they're going to take the responsibility to watch them that close, if they don't have a floatation device on, then I guess that's okay," says Peterson.

Again, the life jackets must be Coast Guard approved.  Cunningham does have a few in stock if you forget to bring one.

Those jackets are also required at Pittsburg pools.

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