Stock Tank Pool Drain Safety

There is one aspect of stock tank pool safety you may not be mentioning: pool drain safety. While the drain is an essential part of your pool’s filtration system, it does present a certain amount of risk for swimmers — particularly those who are light and inexperienced in the water, like young children. Here are a few tips to help you avoid those pool drain dangers.

Why is Pool Drain Safety Important?

Most swimming pools and spas use a suction-based drain to filter out things like dirt, body oil, and debris from the water. This system helps to keep your pool water clean, which makes it an important part of your pool’s ecosystem. But just like a hot stove or a potentially-toxic cleaning product, your pool drain can present a real danger if it’s not used safely.

Because pool drains use suction to filter things out of the water, they put people at risk for entrapment. If a small, light person gets too close to a pool drain, they can become trapped underwater, which can lead to a host of injuries including accidental drowning.

This kind of swimming injury is rare; the CDC reports that there were only 33 cases between 2009 and 2013. However, those incidents resulted in serious injury a whopping 85% of the time — and nearly 70% of them happened to young children.

What can we do to prevent entrapment in the pool? The best things you can do are invest in proper equipment like our [STPP] Original Safety Strainer.
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