Portable Pools pose a drowning risk

June 21st, 2011 - 1:25 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Columbus, Ohio, June 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Experts have warned parents that portable swimming pools posses underestimated risk to children. The researchers say about 200 children under the age of 12 years have died after drowning in the potable pools.

The lead researcher of the study painted a gloomy picture when he said that, “About every five days a child drowns in a portable pool in the U.S.” The researchers identified that children under the age of 5 years are at the higher risk of drowning in the pools. The affordability of the potable swimming pools makes them more accessible thereby presenting the greater risk to children.

The findings of the study were published online in the journal Pediatrics. The report urged parents to exercise caution when their children are using the pools.

The research was conducted by investigators from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The investigators studied data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission between the period 2001 and 2009. The data showed that 209 children under the age of 12 years drowned over the period in potable swimming pools. 35 others were rescued from drowning over the period.

The investigators concluded that most of the victims – 94 percent- were under the age of 5 years. In 40 percent of the drowning cases, the children were being supervised and in 39 percent of the cases, the children were not being supervised. Supervision lapse was blamed on 18 percent of the cases.

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