The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say drowning is the second leading cause of death for children age one to 14 and is 14 times more likely to kill a child age four and under than an automobile accident.
That’s why pool expert Stephan Lampman says parental presence is important.
“You should never allow children, really any age, to be swimming by themselves. They can get in the pool, but there should be a parent somewhere close by the pool that they can see and observe what’s going on,” he said. “It’s just one of those things that parents have to be totally aware of – that children, when they see water, it doesn’t make any difference if it’s an above ground pool or an in-ground pool, they’re going to do everything they can to get in that pool.”