Undated (WXOW) - With a warm spring in some parts of the country, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging parents to prepare for pool safety early.
In particular, consumers eyeing a purchase of a portable pool, ranging from blowup kiddie pools to larger models.
They're cheaper and require less maintenance, but the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says they can pose risks too.
Portable pools have become more affordable, but they hold thousands of gallons of water.
Children can drown in a very small amount of water. That's why children should never be unattended in a pool, no matter how small. Also, parents need to know the steps to save lives if they're going to use a portable pool.
The CPSC advises owners to learn CPR and other life-saving skills in case of an emergency.
Also, plan on emptying small kiddie pools after every use, and have a place to store them. Larger portable pools should have a cover, and the ladder should be stowed when not in use.
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