40 percent of children who drown do so in “kiddie pools”

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Scary stuff, researchers for the online journal Pediatrics report nearly 40 percent of the 209 children who drowned from 2001 to 2009 in the USA did so in small, inflatable “kiddie pools”. The majority (94%) involved children younger than 5 years, 73% occurred in the child’s own yard and 81% occurred during the summer months.

“Because portable pools are generally small, inexpensive and easy to use, parents often do not think about the potential dangers these pools present,” said Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, senior author of the study

Drowning study prompts urgency for swim lessons: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

Via myfoxtampabay.com, ABC News (with another video), NY Daily News (with another video), CNN (with another video)

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