Portable Pools

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With summer here there are always new stories about drowning and the dangers of pools and portable pools. I just read this article and found it very alarming that 40% of drowning deaths the child was supervised. The same percentage the child was in 18" or less water. What the fuck are these people doing that a child drowns to death right before their eyes?

Do you have a pool or portable pool? If so what precautions do you take to ensure your children are safe?

http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/hsn/porta...

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Barb - posted on 06/21/2011

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What is "dry drown"?

When i was in college i taught swimming lessons to the under 5 age groups and i life-guarded the open swim on weekends.

We had one child that needed to be resuscitated out of the hundreds that came to the pool. The child didn't die, but was unconscious and at the bottom of the pool. It only takes a minute for tragedy to strike, and if you have a lot of distractions it will.

The best safety tip i have is to teach your children to swim as soon as possible. Give them to tools to keep themselves safe, so now you have two people looking out for their safety, them and you.

We have a portable pool, It's 3 ft deep, 11 ft by 6 ft. Granted, we don't have little kids around all the time, but when they are here they are the focus of all our attention. We are playing with them.

I think you have a good idea Heather, of draining it and flipping it over.. always better to be safe than sorry.

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We do have a wading pool for the twins. We fill it up on Friday night for the weekend. They are only allowed near it if they are going in it. Sunday night it gets dumped and turned on it's side.

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Kaleigh, I can swim, well in fact and still almost drowned twice. Once was in 5th grade at a water park. I didn't realize the water slide had water coming down at the end over the opening and it surprised me. It took me a good 45 seconds to reorient myself and get myself to the surface (the lifeguard ignored me). The second time was about a year later in my grandparent's pool. My cousin grabbed my leg and wouldn't let go. My dad and his dad yelled at him, and were about to jump in when he let go.

I would have been the child to give you a heart attack. Infact I think that my antics as a toddler would have given a lifeguard a heart attack. I got away from my parents at the pool at around 2-2 1/2 (yeah I remember it, got spanked for it, deserved it), and I jumped into the 9 foot deep end of the pool. Swam back all smiles.

My husband's grandparent's cabin freaks me out with Lilian. We are now making it a rule that she HAS to wear a life jacket when on the dock or on the back porch (which is literally a foot from water). Luckily the back door has like 50 locks on it.

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See this pisses me off to no end. At the beach or public pool lifejacket and my son is within arms reach ALWAYS even if hes on the sand or otherwise close to but not in the water...takes a second for him to scoot and out of arms reach means less reaction time and a second lost could be the second he gets away from me and the second he drowns. Am I a tad overprotective when it comes to the water, yes, I have almost drowned as a child and as a teen, I'm not a good swimmer and just wont risk my son drowning because I wasn't paying attention, or too lazy to empty a pool, or he just got away from me for a second, or because I'm incompetant when it comes to more than ankle deep water. I always have an extra set of eyes on him even at the sprinklers it makes me that nervous. Nick got Aiden a kiddie pool for the backyard even though I argued why we shouldn't have one, can't get rid of it now because he loves the damn thing. Water does not go in it unless Nick and I are both out there with him and the tap is turned off (need pliars to turn it on again) ALWAYS so Aiden doesn't get fresh and decide to fill it up himself one day. Good habits now can save us bad shit later thats just the way I think with stuff like that. Dilemma... new neighbours just decided to put in a huge blow up pool in the backyard which of course Aiden has been peeking at through the fence and is now trying to climb over the fence to get to. I'm pissed, what if he managed to sneak out back and in the time it takes me to get to him in the backyard he climbs the fence, odds are that will just happen to be the first time he manages it it always is, and because they never empty their damn pool he drowns in it because it took me just enough time to get to him for that to happen. Now aside from my own paranoia about my own kid even though he doesn't go out there alone and we have 3 locks on the back door what about their six kids under 10 yrs hmm? The same kids that are left in their pool in the backyard all day unsupervised! Aside from how horrible it would be for one of those kids to drown, what if they did? What if my son saw it or I did and the child died? First of all that would be horrible and I pray it doesn't happen, but that would be so traumatic not only to them but to my son or myself. And if I saw a kid floating in their pool I sure as hell would hop that fence and pull them out and try and save them, what if it didn't work and I was too late I'd go nuts, their irresponsible parents would probably charge me thinking I drowned the kid or at least charge me with trespassing on their property because their fault or not I'm sorry but the parents who aren't to blame blame themselves and the parents who are blame others thats just the way it goes, and then I'd go to jail and who would be there to make sure my kids don't drown in the future? All this shit because those fucking idiots wont empty their damn pool. I know extreme and paranoid thinking but I pray every day one of those kids pop that huge ass pool with a stick! It's so stupid and an unneccessary risk when we live right next to a community pool that is properly maintained, fenced in, and supervised there is no reason anyone in this neighbourhood needs a pool that size and no reason they can't properly maintain and supervise it. I'm not out to ban pools in the area (though it'd be nice) I just don't see the reason why people can't use a little common sense and empty it out and watch their kids while they're in it. Not because its stressing me out but just because its simple safety and common sense!

I get like this about fireworks, bbqs, and firepits too, fire and water can be fun if you're gonna be responsible, deadly if you aren't though and too many people look at this stuff as toys instead of teaching their kids the dangers of it. I'm all for live and let live until it becomes potentially lifethreatening not just to my kids but any kids.

Barb - posted on 06/21/2011

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My dad used to live in a house that had a pond behind it. We were visiting one time, Jeff was six or seven, but he knew how to swim very well on his own. He was walking on the concrete ledge that went around the pond and i told him to get off of there and if i had to tell him again, he was going to be in trouble.

My dad called me a meanie. Which made me realize he was no longer my father but an old man trying to get into heaven.

I ran up to the house to use the bathroom, maybe 200 feet away. By the time i got out of the bathroom and back to the sliding glass door, there was my son, standing there, soaking wet and my father saying "now don't be angry"

It still scared the crap out of me. I had left a boy who knew how to swim with 3 fricken adults for 5 min, and somehow he still ended up falling into the pond.

Amy - posted on 06/21/2011

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Only water my kids are around that's not supervised bathtub time is the pond. and they aren't even allowed outside grandma's house without and adult holding hands and if they are going to swim, they have to have life jackets on.

i'm paranoid about water with kids though. they can be in sprinklers. that's fine, but if they're outside, i even dump the dog's big bowl of water over until they're back inside.

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My husband is a lifeguard... he's always on duty.

Dry drowing is where you asperate water and then you might end up feeling sleepy, you lay down, and it blocks the airways. Chris says it happens most with experianced swimmers.

Chris has mats that are cut out to look like a person that he sends to the bottom of the pool so that the lifeguards get used to looking at the bottom as much as the top.

I think a lot of parents think that waterwings and noodles will keep their child afloat. HA. I hated water wings as a kid, I always felt like I was drowning. I am never more than an arm's length from my daughter near water. I've taught her to ALWAYS hold my hand near water, if she struggles, she get's held.

Tah - posted on 06/20/2011

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I was thinking about getting one even though we have a big pool around the corner...I don't know now though..But yes, you can drown in a teaspoon of water..you can also dry drown, so I try to be extra careful...

Tah - posted on 06/20/2011

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That's a good question heather..when I take my kids to the pool my eyes are glued to them..I'm in the water with rylan and he has his vest on..Sydney can't go past a certain point and her dad has been teaching her to swim. I am not sure what in the world they are doing that they are drowning in front of their eyes. Then again I'm a horrible mother because I have dozed off a couple times with my toddler at home for a few minutes here and there says some people so what do I know???..lol

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