Danger Of Portable Pools

June 21, 2011 Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 9:04 PM EDT

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Danger Of Portable Pools

June 21, 2011 Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 9:04 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC News) You see them in backyards everywhere. They are portable or inflatable pools, but they can be as dangerous as they are fun, especially for small children.

A new study finds nine out of 10 portable pool drownings, or near-drowning cases involve children younger than 5-years old.

Seven out of 10 of these events took place in the child's own yard.
Researchers say there is no single strategy to prevent all deaths and injuries, but say what it really boils down to is parental supervision.

Experts recommend having layers of protection like fencing around the pool, a safety cover and a pool alarm.

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