-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SUNDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Young children can drown in
as little as 2 inches of water, so parents should be especially
vigilant monitoring their kids around backyard swimming pools,
Doctors from The Trauma Centre of The Montreal Children's
Hospital also warned that toddlers and pre-schoolers, in
particular, are very curious, impulsive and unable to recognize
potential dangers at a pool.
Mandatory fencing around pools is a great step in the right
direction, Trauma Director Debbie Friedman said in a hospital news
release. She added that pool fencing should be at least 4 feet
high, have no gaps between the fence and the ground, and should
"There must be no direct access to the pool from the house, balcony or patio," she added.
The Trauma Centre also offered the following pool safety
guidelines for parents:
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more information on
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