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Study shows death rate of children from inflatable pools

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A warning for parents this summer — a new study shows how deadly inflatable kiddie pools can be.

More than 200 children drowned in those types of pools from 2001 to 2009.

The study, done by a children's hospital out of Ohio, shows a child dies every five days in the U.S. from portable pools during the summer months.

Most were children under the age of five and drowned in their own backyard.

A child can drown in just two inches of water.

A three-year old girl died in her backyard last year when she drowned in her inflatable pool. She'd been left alone for less than five minutes.

Pool experts are warning parents, if your child is going to play in the pool, monitor them at all times — with absolutely no distractions.

And as community pools open this summer, don't rely solely on life guards. Always be vigilant.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests your child learns how to swim — many public pools, like those in Richmond, do offer swimming lessons.

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