Portable Pools Increase Drowning Risk


Portable Pools Pose Increased Drowning Risk

"Really, it's an issue that the kid needs to be supervised at all times in any kind of pool," said Shorr. "Most of these accidents come down to parental negligence."

Dr. Ari Brown, an Austin, Texas, pediatrician and author of the book "Baby 411," also reiterated that it's a child giver's responsibility to keep swimmers safe.

"Make sure a child does not have unrestricted access to the pool," said Brown, who said that drowning can occur in less than 12 inches of water. "And make sure an adult is always watching, not distracted and sitting out poolside talking on the phone or with friends, [but] truly being a water guardian."

Smith added that parents with young children should take supervision one step further to include "touch supervision" in which someone can reach out and touch the child at all times.

At any rate, Smith said, he hoped the study's findings would send a message to manufacturers to update and improve the available safety features.

"These are popular consumer products used with many families, so one thing we'd really like them to do is develop marketing for affordable prevention devices for these pools," said Smith. "We'll leave it to the industry to figure out the best designs and tools."

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