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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Summer is just around the corner and that means pool season will be here before you know it. But the Consumer Product Safety Commission has a warning for parents considering a portable pool for their kids.

The portable pools can range in size from a typical inflatable kiddie pool to much larger models. They typically require less maintenance, but they pose risks.

“Portable pools have become more affordable, but they hold thousands of gallons of water,” said CPSC Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum. “And so parents need to know they need to take the same type of steps to save lives if they’re going to use a portable pool.”

The CPSC said owners need to plan to do the following:

  • Empty small kiddie pools after every use, and have a place to store them out of the child’s reach.
  • Larger portable pools should be equipped with a cover and the ladder on the pool should not be attached when the pool isn’t in use.
  • Parents should learn CPR and other life-saving skills in case of an emergency

“Children can drown in a very small amount of water,” Chairwoman Tenenbaum said. “That’s why children should never be unattended in a pool, no matter how small.”

The CPSC also advised that parents should warn neighbors if they are planning on installing a portable pool this summer.


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