Keep Kids Alive: Be Safe Around Pools

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Backyard pools can be a source of family entertainment and good times. They can also be so very dangerous. If you have a pool, or if your kids have access to friends/neighbors with one, there are some facts you need to keep in mind. Did you know a kid is 100 times more likely to be killed in a pool than by a firearm? According to Freakonomics 2005, this is true. In 2007, nearly 700 children drowned, and another 2800 went to the ER with pool-related injuries, many of them becoming permanently disabled as a result.

Those are some scary numbers.

For more scary numbers, check out the infographic below, courtesy of pool fence.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want kids to be safe around pools.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Dorothy February 17, 2013, 1:29 am

    For safety purposes i think it is also a good idea if you put fences on the pool area. What do you think?

    • Amy LeForge February 18, 2013, 4:01 pm

      Dorothy, depending on the depth of the pool, fences are required by law where I live.