Portable Pools Pose Drowning Risk For Young Kids

portable poolPortable swimming pools, including the increasingly popular, inflatable models, pose serious risks to young children, experts warn. In a new study, investigators at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, detail the drowning deaths of more than 200 children under 12 years old linked to a variety of above-ground pools, some large and deep, others small and shallow.

“About every five days a child drowns in a portable pool in the U.S.,” said lead researcher Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Because these pools are inexpensive and easy to assemble, many parents may not consider them as big a risk as in-ground pools, he said. The greatest risks are for children younger than 5 years, the researchers found. Read more in Everyday Health.

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  1. well duh if a kid drown in a bathtub it can drown in anything bigger thn small puddle so just like you watch your kids takea bath watch em in the pool

  2. a fence erected around EVERY pool so children cannot access it and fall into it and drown. And it’s probably the law already, but can’t be properly enforced because code enforcers can not see behind all the houses.

  3. Please, please do not take your eyes off any children by water. My grandson (2) loves to put his face in a very small pool and “make bubbles,” Better safe than sorry. I’ll never, ever leave him alone. Summer is a great time for kids. Please watch them 24/7.

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