Summer is just getting started and it's already hot outside. This is a good time to remind parents to keep a close eye on children, especially those in backyard pools.
This morning, I read a WBAL news report which linked portable backyard pools to a child's death on average every five days. About 94 percent of all backyard pool injuries or deaths occur in children age 5 or under, according to the report.
Backyard pop-up pools and baby pools require just as much parental supervision as having a full-size pool in your backyard, the article stated. It’s important for parents to be vigilant and provide their full attention whenever their child plays in or near the water this summer.
Water of any depth poses a danger to children. My pediatrician told me it takes just enough water to cover the child’s nose and mouth to have devastating consequences.
I’ve always tried to remember that. But, I admit, even as cautious and observant as I am, I sometimes talk on the phone, water my flowers or pick weeds from the garden—that’s exactly when my child could trip or slip in the pool.
Fortunately, my children have enjoyed their kiddie pool and water slide without harm. But this news story was a good reminder for me to be more attentive, even when it comes to seemingly harmless baby pools.
So how do you keep your summer fun safe?