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I remember the last few months of school every year, especially at a young age, that I would seek out the classmates who had pools at their houses. Then, I would befriend these kids in hopes that I would get invites over to hang out in their pools over the ridiculously hot summer months. Slowly over the years, the availability of pools has become a little higher, especially with the ease of inflatable pools that can easily be set up in your backyard. They are just as fun as permanent pools, but at a cost that won’t break the bank.
But, as with any inflatable products, there are safety concerns that need to be understood before you can properly enjoy the cooling relief of these pools. An article from WREX reports that a new study has been released with some facts about portable pools:
“According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, more than 200 children have drowned in the popular backyard pools between the years of 2001 and 2009. Most of the kids were under the age of 5 and most drowned in their own backyard.
‘Parents that understand the hazards of an in-ground pool may not appreciate that the same hazards exist for a portable pool,” said Dr. Gary Smith of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.’”
The major key to safety with inflatable portable pools is supervision by adults. Here are a few more safety tips about inflatable pools:
– Drain the pool completely when not in use and turn over to make sure no water remains inside.
– Consider installing a pool alarm on gates surrounding the pool so you’ll be alerted if someone is trying to get into the area.
– Fence in the area around your pool so that it’s not too easy to access the area. You don’t want young children falling in accidentally.
– Make sure any ladders leading into the pool are removable and can be stored in a safe, secure area.