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Portable Pools Pose Drowning Risk for Young Kids
Date:6/20/2011

s promotes a pool-safety concept called "Lock, Look and Learn":

  • LOCK: Erect fencing at least 4 feet high with a self-latching gate and keep it locked at all times unless an adult is present.
  • LOOK: Parents and caregivers should watch children in or near the water at all times, and not socialize, read or sleep.
  • LEARN: "Adults should learn to swim themselves and provide swimming lessons to their children from an early age," Appy said. They should also know how to respond to an emergency -- "use rescue equipment, call 911 and perform CPR," she added.

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For more information on kid's safety, visit the Safe Kids USA.

SOURCES: Gary A. Smith, M.D., Dr.PH., director, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Barbara Gaines, M.D., director, Trauma and Injury Prevention, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pa.; June 20, 2011, Pediatrics, online


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