Inflatable Pools Are Sold Out Everywhere, And It’s Important To Remember Water Safety And Drowning Risks

According to a report by the CPSC, six percent of all drowning deaths[6] for children under the age of five in 2014-2016 reported to the CPSC staff occurred in portable pools, which are defined as pools that can be set up/taken down or moved to another location with relative ease. Six percent may seem like a low number, but low isn’t zero and when it comes to my child (or your child, or anyone’s child) the only acceptable number is zero.

Which is all to say, inflatable (or portable) pools have risks, just like their more permanent counterparts, and just like their more permanent counterparts, the risks can and should be mitigated.

The CPSC released these guidelines for water safety[7], which apply to all kinds of pools:

  • Never leave a child unattended in or near water, and always designate an adult Water Watcher. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smartphone or be otherwise distracted. In addition to pools and spas, this warning includes bathtubs, buckets, decorative ponds, and fountains.
  • If you own a pool or spa, install layers of protection, including a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults. Many communities offer online CPR training.
  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards and if you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safer drain covers.
  • Visit the Pool Safely Kids’ Corner[8] to keep children entertained and educated with virtual water safety games and activities.

With respect to portable pools, especially those that aren’t drained and re-filled every morning, which can be quick and easy to set up, safety concerns can easily be overlooked—because they are so quick and easy to set up.


In The Swim[9] provided these tips to ensure a safe portable pool experience:

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