Safety Warning & Rules for Pools & Lakes

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

With 80 - 90 degree temperatures in Flower Mound, Texas, and schools out for summer, now is the time to review and know water safety to prevent drowning. 

Water Safety Rules

  • Know how to respond to an emergency.
  • Do you know how to effectively use current Hands Only CPR methods?
  • Never swim alone regardless of age.
  • Swim with a buddy.
  • Children always need supervision.
  • Pool drains and covers can be dangerous.
  • Swimming Pool drains can cause suction on the bottom of pools.
  • When hair gets caught in drains people may die quickly. 
  • Never dive in the shallow end.
  • Walk don't run around the pool.
  • Infants and small children should never be left alone.
  • What are your City or Town Rules regarding fences, gates, and locks?
  • Do you have life jackets and floating devices?
  • Sun & Alcohol can be dangerous and hazardous to your health.
  • Not all dogs can swim in pools and/or lakes.
  • Do you use pool, jet skis, and boating safety equipment properly?.
  • Are you aware no hazards are allowed around a pool?
  • Do you always have proper footwear around lakes & pools?
  • Do you know how to get out of water when storms are threatening?
  • Do you remember, "Slippery When Wet?"
  • Do you listen and obey water safety rules at pools, lake & RV Parks.
  • Do you know what No Lifeguard on duty means? 
  • TX Code Regulations  § 3120B required "No lifeguard" signs to state "NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY" in addition to "Children under the age of 14 shall not use pool without a parent or adult guardian in attendance (effective 2/21/23).



Did You Know

  1. In Texas, more children ages 1 to 4 drown than from any other cause?
  2. In 2015-16, 159, 225 children in TX were diagnosed with learning disabilities?
  3. Adults cannot assume children know and understand consequences. 
  4. Overall, including TX, 1 in every 59 children in 2023 have special needs.
  5. In the US an estimated 130 million homeowners have swimming pools.
  6. Backyard pools are abundant and rules were made for safety.
  7. Survival Swimming Lessons save lives.
  8. Babies, toddlers, and small kids don't understand consequences.
  9. Many adults don't care about consequences.
  10. Many adults who should know better don't pay attention to consequences.
  11. Not all children will swim if you throw them in a pool.
  12. In AZ a father was arrested & charged for throwing his 2 year old into a pool.
  13. Children need to be guarded no matter how smart you think they are.
  14. Some people have unrealistic expectations for child brain development. 
  15. The prefrontal cortex is the last section of the brain to develop.
  16. The correct & approved life vests may save lives for children & non-swimmers.
  17. Did you know small children drowned at the beach playing with water buckets on the beach?

I wrote these rules to share in hopes everyone stays safe. Be safe. Follow the rules of water safety. If you own a pool, maintain it properly. If you have a pool and will move out of state, another part of the state or country, be sure to notify your insurance company and notify your local authorities when you will be gone. Read your insurance policy to see what it covers for liability. Take swimming lessons, CPR, and First Aid. You can save a life or lives!  

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Comments (14)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great information. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Bill Salvatore Arizona Elite Properties. 

May 31, 2023 10:30 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Bill Salvatore - East Valley - thank you. I hope you enjoy your week too!

May 31, 2023 11:26 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Patricia,
Those are all great safety reminders. So sad that so many children drown. That would be a hard one to live with as a parent.

And the Did You Know things were very interesting too.

May 31, 2023 11:20 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Carol Williams - I have been in classes since March and learned a lot! 

Children need all of us to look out for their well-being. I know that if I had small grandchildren and they were in danger, I would hope someone like you would step in to help provide guidance. 

May 31, 2023 11:29 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carol Williams - I forgot to mention, several years ago when I was at a different Brokerage firm, a colleague of mine had a very difficult time because clients of hers recently closed on a house with a pool. They were still moving in when their youngest ventured out to the backyard swimming pool and drowned. As long as I knew that real estate agent, she never forgave herself for not putting together a list of what the owners needed to know about the pool.

May 31, 2023 11:34 AM
Carol Williams

How very sad!!!

May 31, 2023 11:43 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia that is a good list.  Pools can be a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken.

May 31, 2023 02:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  it is dark and gloomy here in Los Angeles and no one is thinking about pool or pool safety:)Endre

May 31, 2023 09:16 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - I would really like to get more exposure to the public to raise awareness. But unfortunately, I am limited withut giving up. 

Jun 01, 2023 03:18 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - So sorry to hear things are gloomy in LA. Here in Flower Mound kids are out of school, the sun shines, and people are in their pools. 

I wish the same for you and others. 

Jun 01, 2023 03:20 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a fantastic post, Patricia, on water and pool safety. And an important one. Of course, after reading all of this I might not go near water again! (Just kidding.)

Jun 01, 2023 05:03 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Water safety is indeed an important thing to know! We don't have very many pools here, but there are a lot of lakes and rivers which do carry many of their own challenges.

Jun 01, 2023 05:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - Swimming Pools and lakes can be a lot of fun when there isn't any foolish horsing around. To reduce the risk of drowning or other accidents, it is better to review the safety rules and use good common sense. Like you do!

I hope you have a wonderful June!

Jun 01, 2023 06:53 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP oh I get it, Patricia. We hear news all summer long about accidents around water that could have been prevented (often with some common sense). Happy June to you, as well.

Jun 01, 2023 07:13 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - Where I lived before moving to Texas I started taking my children for swimming lessons before they were five because we lived 50 feet away from the Channel that connected multiple lakes. There wasn't anyone I knew of who had a swimming pool. Both  of my children continued to learn and earn badges, eventually learning to teach and be life guards. I think early learning about safety around any type of water is very important. 

Enjoy the month of June!

Jun 01, 2023 06:56 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hope that everyone will stay safe this summer when they are swimming in a pool or lake.  It makes me sad to hear about someone drowning, especially small children.

Jun 01, 2023 06:58 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - As a mom, I never thought about being sad living around lakes when I had young children. I felt determined to teach my children how to swim by trained Swimming Instructors and they learned to respect the waters and the people around them who swam. 

Parents would be wise not to instill fear but to motivate children to learn. 

Jun 01, 2023 07:02 AM
Brian England

You are right about that!

Jun 01, 2023 07:03 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Excellent, informative and reminder post, Paul.  We love our pools and yet, WE MUST REMEMBER and PRACTICE FAITHFULLY and DILIGENTLY SAFETY POOL RULES   You have two remarkable Lists to remind us.

Jun 02, 2023 11:02 AM