In particular, consumers eyeing a purchase of a portable pool ranging from blowup kiddie pools to larger models. They are cheaper and require less maintenance, but the head of the CPSC says they can still pose risks.
"Portable pools have become more affordable, but they hold thousands of gallons of water," says CPSC Chair Inez Tenenbaum. "And so parents need to know they need to take the same type of steps to save lives if they're going to use a portable pool."
THE CPSC advises owners to plan on
- emptying small kiddie pools after every use and have a place to store them
- whenever a larger portable model is not being used, put a cover on it and stow the ladder
- learn CPR and other life-saving skills in case of an emergency
They also advise warning neighbors about a temporary pool in the yard this summer.