Portable Pools Pose Drowning Risk For Tots

Posted on February 12, 2014 – 11:09 am

Matthew Brenzing in his poolIt’s officially Summer! And, with that comes fun with the kids in the pool, portable pool that is. At our house we always had a wading pool for the kids. We’d fill it with water and watch them go, never considering the possible safety hazards.WZZM TV13 reported on a USA Today report that portable pools may pose a greater safety threat to small children than many parents realize.

About two dozen children each year drown in portable pools, according to a study published today in Pediatrics. Nearly all are under age 5.

Unlike permanent pools, portable pools aren’t typically required to meet any local safety standards, says study author Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Smith notes that portable pools are increasingly popular and come in all sizes. Hard-plastic wading pools, which hold about 18 inches of water, may cost only a few dollars at a local drugstore. Family-size, inflatable pools, nearly as large as a small, in-ground pool, can cost closer to $1, 000, he says.

These pools pose unique risks, says Meri-K Appy, president of Safe Kids USA, an advocacy group. Few people, for example, are willing to invest in building a safety fence around a portable pool – one of the best ways to prevent drownings – because a fence could cost more than the pool itself.

“These pools are too small for people to invest in an isolation fence but too large to drain every time, ” Appy says.

About 11% of all pool drowning deaths in kids under 5 take place in portable pools, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

Children drowned in as little as 2 inches of water, according to the study, based on data from a total of 209 deaths from 2001 to 2009.

About 43% of the children were being supervised when they went under water; 39% were unsupervised; and 18% of kids died during a “lapse” in supervision.

“Parents don’t always understand that it just takes a couple of minutes for children to be submerged under water for their breathing and heart to stop, ” Smith says. “What’s different about drowning is that it’s quick, it’s silent and it’s final.”

Source: rivergrandrapids.com

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2008-06-02 11:11:54 by dangeresque

Poor dearie. You sound like you have all the accoutrements you need to whelp her; I actually prefer wading pools to whelping boxes unless it's a giant breed dog--plastic so much easier to disinfect than wood.
In my opinion, and this is obviously without having met the dog, she is unlikely to have many live births. If she does, they are likely to be weak and undernourished.
You can anticipate that a weak puppy will have a hard time getting to the nipple and keeping one, if there are stronger puppies around. But then if they're all equally weak, there won't be much fighting

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