Sales of super size inflatable pools are going up. More than 30,000 were sold last year. They're inexpensive, mostly around $50 to $100. But Consumer Reports cautions they pose a deadly danger.
18-month-old Lilia died last July. She drowned in a large inflatable pool in her backyard. According to the sheriff's office, the babysitter didn't know little Lilia had gotten into the pool until it was too late.
Consumer Reports director of product safety Don Mays just inspected large inflatable pools. He says they're especially hazardous for young children.
The problem with these pools is it's very easy for a child to come in, flip over the edge and tumble right into the pool and drown.
The pools hold a lot of water. There's could be as much as 500 gallons of water in a pool that costs only $50.
The pools do carry warnings.
The best protection for any pool is a fence all around it. The fence should be at least 4 feet high. The gates should be self-closing and self-latching. And children should never be left unattended.
Consumer Reports says besides installing a fence, there are two other important safety measures you should take, use a pool cover and have an alarm that goes off when anyone enters the pool.
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