On behalf of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge posted in Wrongful Death on Tuesday, June 21, 2011
It seems that portable kids' pools are quite a bit more dangerous than many parents may realize. According to a study published in this month's edition of the journal Pediatrics, there is an average of one fatal accident every five summer days in the U.S. involving inflatable or soft-sided wading pools for children. Worse yet, even though these pools are typically quite shallow (the study only covered pools less than three feet deep), children can drown in just a few inches of water, and they can do so completely silently.
The research found that 209 children had died in fatal accidents involving inflatable and soft-sided children's pools between 2001 and 2009, and another 35 nearly drowned. Tragically, 94 percent of those who drowned or nearly drowned were under five years of age. The children were in their own yards 73 percent of the time, but the children were under parental supervision in only 43 percent of the cases.
This was the first major U.S. study to look into how common it is for children to drown or nearly drown in these pools, which are commonly available, inexpensive, and intended for home use. Parents simply may not think about the risks when purchasing such a common, seemingly harmless object.
What can you do to protect children from drowning in backyard wading pools?
"Most children have no fear whatsoever. It's almost a magnetic attraction to the water. If they see it, they are going to want to go to it, " says Barbara Byers, public education director of the Lifesaving Society of Canada.
Many people realize that pools are mesmerizing to small children. In fact, in the law of premises liability, having a pool or another attractive feature on your property that is bound to attract children is called having an "attractive nuisance." People with pools or other "attractive nuisances" can be held responsible for accidents even when they didn't invite the children or even know they were there.
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Required every children's product to undergo expensive testing, threatening thousands of small businesses that make children's products.
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