6 Tips for Pool Safety and Drowning Prevention

Let’s talk pool safety and drowning prevention ⚠️☝️Stock tank pools are wonderful for children, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t underestimate the drowning risk, especially for small children. Sadly, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.

Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.
— US Centers For Disease Control & Prevention

That said, here are five steps you can take to minimize the risk and keep your little ones safe around a stock tank pool:

  1. ✅ NEVER 🙅‍♂️ allow a child in or near a stock tank pool without continuous, hawk-like adult supervision.

  2. ✅ ALWAYS ensure your child is wearing a US Coast Guard Approved personal floatation device (PFD). How about a Baby Shark PFD? Buy on Amazon.

  3. ✅ Install a 4-sided pool safety fence or barrier to prevent physical access to the pool by children. Buy on Amazon.

  4. ✅ Install a (loud) door alarm / chime on any doors or windows that allow direct or indirect access to the pool, to alert you if the door is opened. Buy on Amazon.

  5. ✅ Install a pool motion alarm to detect motion in the water. Buy on Amazon.

  6. ✅ Never have electricity ⚡️ near the pool (extension cords, string lights, etc.) without Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt (GFCI) protection. Buy on Amazon. (Don’t worry, the Intex filter pump has GFCI built into the plug)



NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN A POOL. Pools present a drowning risk, no matter their size or depth. Children should never be left unattended in a pool, whether stock tanks or not. Even though a stock tank is 2' shallow they still present a drowning and safety hazard. Children and adults can drown in as little 6" of water. It is up to you evaluate whether a pool, stock tank or not, is safe for you and your family. And just for good measure, we'll say it again NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN A POOL.


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