Study: Portable Pools As Risky As In-ground Pools

The lead researcher of a new U.S. study on drownings says a child dies every five days in a portable pool during the warm-weather months.

The study, being published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, calls for effective and affordable protection devices for the pools, which range from small wading pools to large inflatable and other soft-sided pools.

It says 209 children under 12 died and 35 nearly drowned from 2001 to 2009. Ninety-four percent of the children were younger than 5. The numbers are comparable with findings for in-ground pools.

The study was conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus and Independent Safety Consulting in Rockville, Md.

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals in Alexandria, Va., agrees with the report's findings, underscoring the importance of constant adult supervision supplemented by safety devices.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:19 PM
    I gotta say it... I just don't understand this. When we were little enough to be at risk, we weren't left unattended in water. My favorite bit of weirdness though is the house I live in right now. There's a small spa in the back. The insurance required me to either cover and lock it OR fill it. It couldn't be uncovered and empty. Wha...? lol Uhm... so an uncovered body of water is acceptable, but if it's empty and a kid can't drown in it I have to lock it up. *facepalm* Make sense out of that one! I had to ask to hear it again to make sure I heard them right. I did. So, how does one regulate a kiddie pool anyway? I'm afraid to hear the answer to that one.
  • by srcaufalot Location: Farmville on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:03 PM
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      by bs on Jun 20, 2011 at 02:03 PM in reply to srcaufalot
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