In addition to keeping the safety of young children in your swimming pool at the forefront of your mind when you are outdoors relaxing by your pool, you must also have some safety measures in place for pets. Whether you have pets of your own or your guests do, it is important that you have a plan. As high as 5,000 pets have drowned in family swimming pools every year. No one wants to see a beloved pet suffer through injuries or die from pool accidents. By keeping the pool safety of your pets as a priority, you can prevent these mishaps and ensure the safety and comfort of your pets, along with your own peace of mind.
Some pets are at higher risk for drowning and pool-related injuries than others. This includes pets that are older, less agile, blind or sickly. The highest risk of reported drowning among household pets is attributed to dogs and cats but any pet can potentially fall in your pool by accident and possibly get injured or drown.
In addition, if you have a visiting pet from a family member or relative that is staying with you or visits for the day, this pet is at a higher risk for drowning and injury because of a lack of familiarity with the outdoor areas of your home. Visiting pets often stray into pool areas and accidentally fall in.
If you have a new pet, you will need to train your pet with boundaries around the pool. Some pets are allowed in the pool and some are not - this is a preference by the homeowner. Some pets can swim naturally, others need to be taught and yet others may never swim. Regardless of whether your pet can swim or not, you will need to train your pet to exit the pool even if they do not like to swim or be in the water. This safety measure is for their own safety. It can take only 5 minutes, but this training can save your dog’s life. Teach your dog how to exit the pool and where.
Next, be on the alert for wild animals. Wild animals are known to wander into swimming pools, whether in search of fresh water or out of curiosity. Many wild animals are unable to swim. Deer commonly wander into swimming pools, particularly in the state of New Jersey. They may also get scared and run or fall into the pool.
Other animals that you may see in the pool include rabbits, squirrels, birds, skunks, raccoons, frogs, mice and snakes. Different areas of the continental U.S. attract different kinds of wild animals. You could see wild animals ranging from moose and bear to prairie dogs and armadillos! On a hot summer day, bears have been known to get right into swimming pools for a nice dip!
How do you keep wild animals out of the pool? You can install a pool alarm to alert you of any motion in the pool or pool areas. You can also install removable pool fences. By keeping a well maintained removable pool fence with a self-latching mechanism, you can ensure pet pool safety. Keeping wild animals out is also important for the safety of your own pets as some wild animals may carry diseases and infections.
For new homeowners with swimming pools, it is advisable to get pool inspections. A proper pool inspection will also check around the pool. You may find that you have areas that need to be fixed such as cracks in tiles or the concrete as well as slippery areas to address to prevent accidents for both pets and people.
Additional pool pet safety products that you may want to invest in include pool alarms, ramps, dog life vests and inground pool safety covers. Pool alarms instantly alert you to the entry of an object typically 17 lbs or larger into the water of your swimming pool. Working in a similar fashionn to a baby monitor, a pool alarm comes with a remote receiver that you can access inside the house. This helps you keep track if your pet accidentally falls into the pool.
Pool safety fences can safeguard both your pet and kids, while keeping wild animals at bay. Be sure to install durable, removable pool fences with self-latching mechanisms.
If your pool does not have built-in steps, it is advisable to get a ramp to help your pet quickly climb out and exist your pool. If the pool does not have any steps or a ramp, your pet would swim around until exhausted, panic and drown. Even wild animals will use pet ramps to get out of the pool quickly.
You may also want to get a dog safety vest if you have a dog. Then if your pet falls into the pool, the life jacket will prevent your dog from tiring easily and safe. Your dog can also get some exercise in the pool!
Finally, you will want to invest in a pool safety cover. Available in both mesh or solid material, your pool safety cover keeps pets out of the swimming pool when it is not in use and ensures the safety of both your pets and any young children nearby.
Contact us at Pool Safety Systems to discuss having pool safety covers and removable pool fences installed.