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Warning: a child drowns every 5 days in America in portable pools

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A warning about those inflatable kiddie pools many parents set up in the backyard.

A new study shows a child drowns every five days in this country in a portable pool during the summer months.

The study finds that between 2001 and 2009 more than 200 children died in portable pools.

The vast majority were kids under five.

Experts give moms and dads the same advice they'd give their own children: when you're finished playing, clean up.

"When you're done, drain the pool, just turn it upside down, let it dry, just to make sure there's no water in it. Kids can potentially drown in 2 inches of water, so you just need to make sure your pool is drained," hardware store clerk Elisabeth Doherty said.

The pool industry also supports the use of alarms and covers for permanent backyard pools.

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