Smaller Pool? Big Risk
You may not think you have to worry as much when your kid is splashing around in a blow-up kiddie pool, but children can drown in as little as an inch of water (and certainly in a bathtub or a bucket of water). "Little kids, whose bodies are naturally top-heavy and who don't yet have the upper-body strength to lift themselves out of a dangerous situation, can easily drown by slipping over the soft side of an inflatable pool," says Safe Kids' Alan Korn. Be sure to empty it after each use. If you have a large above-ground pool, it's important to get a fence and also make sure the ladders and the filters at the side of the pool are inaccessible to little climbers.
Originally published in the July 2009 issue of Parents magazine.