Study: 1 child dies in portable pools every 5 days

By Mackenzie Patterson - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Some of you may be blowing up portable water pools and toys to keep your kids cool.  News Leader Nine has a warning for parents.  A new study says things like wading pools and inflatable pools might be more dangerous than you think.

Max Patrick, 7, said he loves coming over to his grandmother's house in Columbus to have fun in her backyard inflatable pool toy.

"Splashing and getting on the slide part," said Patrick.

A new study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that every five days, one child drowns while playing in the small pools you can set up in your backyard.

The senior author of the study said it can only take a couple of minutes and a few inches of water for a fun moment to turn fatal.  He also said there are drowning prevention tools available for in-ground pools, but those kind of tools are usually too expensive or not available for portable pools.

Patrick's grandmother, Eileen Jones, knows how dangerous the backyard pool can be.

"It only takes a moment.  Children can drown in bath tubs and in buckets of water.  It only takes a minute for something to happen.  Always make sure they are supervised and when the children aren't there, remove the water, and the pool because even if it might be empty they know how to turn on the hose," said Jones.

The study reveals 40 percent of the children in the study were being supervised.  Jones said parents, grandparents, any adults have to be diligent by keeping an eye on kids at all times even if that means not reading your book, missing a phone call or not walking away to chat with the neighbors.  She also said it is important for your kids to know the rules.  Patrick said he knows there is no playing allowed without his grandmother around.

"She's like watching and making sure I'm safe in case I get out or I hurt myself," said Patrick.

He said while he loves slipping and sliding, he loves his grandmother even more for making sure he is safe.

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