Pools and spas

Girl swimming in pool

Pool and spa safety tips

Prevent entrapment

Pools that pose the greatest risk of entrapment are childrenís public wading pools, in-ground hot tubs or any others pools that have flat drain grates and/or a single main drain system.

  • Warn your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
  • Never swim in a pool or hot tub that has a broken, loose or missing drain cover.
  • Install protection to prevent entrapment if you own a pool or hot tub.
  • For new pools or hot tubs, install multiple drains or use a no-drain circulation system.
  • If you do have drains, protective measures include anti-entrapment drain covers and a safety vacuum release system to automatically release suction and shut down the pump should entrapment occur. Go to poolsafety.gov for a list of manufacturers of certified covers.
  • You can check with your pool operator to find out whether your pool or hot tubís drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act.

Safe Kids USA downloads

  • Anti-entrapment drain cover flyer - PDF
  • Pool and spa activity book - PDF
  • Pool and spa safety brochure - PDF (ENG)  |  PDF (SPA)
  • Pool and spa safety fact sheet - PDF
  • Pool and spa safety tips - PDF (ENG)  |  PDF (SPA)
  • Safety vacuum release systems safety - PDF

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