It’s time to get those swimsuits out again, and parents need to be vigilant when young children are in and around pools.
Portable swimming pools—like wading pools, inflatable pools and soft-side, self-rising pools—pose just as much risk for drowning as in-ground pools. According to a recent study using data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, during June, July and August, a child drowns in a portable pool about once every five days. Young children are at an especially high risk for drowning in a portable pool-almost 94 percent of drowning or near drownings involved a child under the age of five.
Safe, Supervised Swimming
If you have a portable pool at home, follow these tips from the Botsford trauma team to keep your family safe: