Parents Must Be Vigilant About Pool Safety07/24/11
SUNDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Young children can drown in
as little as 2 inches of water, so parents should be especially
vigilant monitoring their kids around backyard swimming pools,
Doctors from The Trauma Centre of The Montreal Children's
Hospital also warned that toddlers and pre-schoolers, in
particular, are very curious, impulsive and unable to recognize
potential dangers at a pool.
Mandatory fencing around pools is a great step in the right
direction, Trauma Director Debbie Friedman said in a hospital news
release. She added that pool fencing should be at least 4 feet
high, have no gaps between the fence and the ground, and should
"There must be no direct access to the pool from the house, balcony or patio," she added.
The Trauma Centre also offered the following pool safety
guidelines for parents:
- Parents should never be more than an arm's length away from
- Children under 5, and older kids who don't know how to swim,
should wear properly fitted personal floatation devices.
- All children should take swimming lessons, preferably at an
- Kiddie pools should be drained of water when not in use.
- Never leave young children unattended near hot tubs.
- Parents should consider taking a lifesaving course so they can
act quickly if an incident occurs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more information on
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