It says 209 children under 12 died and 35 nearly drowned from 2001 to 2009. Ninety-four percent of the children were younger than 5. The numbers are comparable with findings for in-ground pools.
The study was conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus and Independent Safety Consulting in Rockville, Md.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals in Alexandria, Va., agrees with the report's findings, underscoring the importance of constant adult supervision supplemented by safety devices.