Water Safety & Attractive Nuisances Walkthrough

Water Safety & Attractive Nuisances Walkthrough

A variety of water hazards and attractive nuisances can be found on farms.

Water hazards may include natural features such as ponds, streams, lakes and rivers. Others may be artificial features built to prevent erosion, control flooding, used for irrigation or for recreation.

An attractive nuisance is a place or object on the farm that unintentionally attracts children, but also endangers their safety. Open pits, manure storage areas, stacked hay bales, ladders, grain bins, tools and equipment can all be attractive nuisances. However, many attractive nuisances are less obvious such as unfenced swimming pools and abandoned refrigerators.

Whether the hazard is due to some type of water or to attractive nuisances, steps should be taken to reduce the likelihood of a child being injured or killed by the hazard.

The “walkthrough” that follows will encompass some general water and attractive nuisance safety guidelines, and also provide links to useful resources.


The pictures on the following pages may depict some items and/or situations which are hazardous or unsafe. They are intended to assist in the identification of unsafe situations, and therefore may not represent “best practices”. If you have questions about any of the pictures or the situations depicted, please contact us at nccrahs@mcrf.mfldclin.edu.


A "Walkthrough" refers to "walking through" or looking through a series of pictures, and deciding if they show hazards and/or safety items, or if safety items are lacking. After evaluating the pictures and giving an answer, a correction will appear with additional guidelines, recommendations and resources.