While it's no secret that stock tanks make for low-cost, easy to set-up backyard pools, also known as "hillbilly hot tubs," most folks also know the metal water troughs don't come with the most kid-friendly edge.
That's why some parents are using pool noodles to ensure their pool is a safe play zone for youngsters.
"You'd be surprised at how much it hurts when you whack your head on the edge," one stock tank fan wrote on Facebook.
Her tip: "Slice pool noodles down one side and press the cut side down over the pool edges, all the way around."
The clever hack turns the foam noodles into bumpers, which can help soften the blow if you accidentally bump or hit the rim. It's an easy and inexpensive way to make your stock tank pool just a bit more comfortable — no professional tutorial or expertise needed.
While it's a great idea for families with little ones, adults should consider outfitting their pools with the foam pieces, too. You can never be too safe, after all!
As a bonus, the foam padding will also prevent little ones from touching the metal edges that may get too hot to hold in the dog days of summer.
Though this is no replacement for the first rule of pool safety — supervision! — this easy idea is just one way you can make sure your stock tank pool is safer.
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