by Rob Cox, July 13, 2010
Aboveground Pool Safety
Aboveground pools - are they safer than inground pools? That is a common statement made by an above ground pool salesman, that because of their height they are harder for small children to get into, and because of their depth, easier to stand up inside of. Most above ground pools do not have deep ends, and although pool depths are getting deeper now, with dealers offering up to 54" depths, the standard may still be considered 48 inches.
According to the most recent drowning statistics from the CPSC, for children under age 15, nearly 60 percent of fatalities took place in inground pools, followed by aboveground pools (14 percent) and portable pools (9 percent). Many states have revised their definitions of pools, to include the smaller, soft sided pools, of depths greater than 24 inches. These revisions were due to a sharp increase in the incidences occuring in very small inflatable pools. It is true that a small child can drown in 6 inches of water, as many bathtub tragedies attest to.
The low cost of intex type pools have made them very popular, but small pools such as this are easily accessed by small children, with un-lockable ladders, nearby chairs, and a soft, easy to roll into side. Children less than 3 feet tall are at great risk in the vicinity of soft sided pools.
Here's some tips for keeping your above ground pool safer:
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