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, experts say.
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 lock automatically.
"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:
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more information on pool safety.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: The Montreal Children's Hospital, news release, July 18, 2011
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