It’s getting hot. When the temperatures hit the high 80s and 90s, all you want to do is cool down. Since the Iowa summer is short, many Quad City residents opt to put in a portable pool. Portable pools range in size from two feet across and six inches deep to large enough to fit a crowd of adults. Regardless of size, they are attractively priced and there is no long-term commitment. They can be taken down during vacations and stored for the winter. However, portable pools can also be dangerous.
A 2011 study analyzed swimming pool accident data from 2001 to 2009. During that time, 209 children under age 12 drowned in portable pools; 35 children survived near-drowning accidents. This is an average of one child death for every five days of summer. Most of the children were under age five and the accident occurred in the child’s own backyard.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), portable pools account for 11 percent of child drowning deaths. Why are portable pools so dangerous? The main reason is that people tend to leave the pools full of water or uncovered. Even an empty pool can fill up with rain if a cover is not used.
Here are some portable pool safety tips from the Quad City drowning accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham:
- Never leave a child unsupervised near any type of pool.
- If you have a large portable pool, treat it like a built-in pool. Put a fence around it and encourage your neighbors to fence their pools.
- Cover large pools when they are not in use. Make sure your pool cover meets current safety standards.
- Put the pool ladders away when the pool is not in use.
- If you have a smaller pool, empty the water when it is not in use. Turn it upside down or store it away.
- Install alarms on your doors to alert you if a child leaves the house and enters the pool area.
- Teach your children to swim, but remember swimming lessons do not “drown-proof” a child. Supervise all children, even if they know how to swim.
Our Quad City wrongful death attorneys represent victims of drowning and near-drowning in Iowa. To discuss your case, please call our offices at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free.