Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Children's Hospital
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2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Safe Kids at the Pool


Pool Safety for Kids

Drowning is silent and can happen in an instant. These deaths can be prevented, but we need your help.

Follow these recommendations to be Pool Cool and Water Wise in Tennessee!

Pool safety tips

  • Active adult supervision is key. At least one adult should be focused on the pool and close enough to touch the swimmers if necessary.
  • Install isolation fencing at least five feet high around home swimming pools.
  • Remove the stairs from all portable, above-ground pools when not in use.
  • Teach children to swim when they are ready. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming lessons for children as young as one year.
  • Teach your child to always swim with a buddy.
  • Empty the water out of all buckets, containers, and wading pools after use. Store these items upside-down and out of children's reach.
  • Keep the lids to your toilets shut at all times. Use toilet locks so your child is not able to open them.
  • Infants and children should not be left unattended in water regardless of age or presumed ability.
  • Adults and children 13 years of age and older should learn infant and child CPR.

Lake and ocean safety tips

Always supervise your child near open water and be aware of undercurrents and undertows when at the ocean or lake.

Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (life jacket) around oceans, rivers, lakes or when participating in water sports.

More information

Need a life vest? Visit Champ's Corner Store on the Main Street (second) floor at Children's Hospital.

Last Edited: October 13, 2017
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