Making Your Pool Pet Safe
There’s nothing better than having a nice pool where you can cool off during those hot summer months. Many animals also enjoy hopping in the water from time to time, but if you have pets, then it’s important that you take some precautions to keep them safe. It doesn’t take much additional setup for a pet safe pool, and it’s well worth the enhanced safety and peace of mind.
Put a Safety Fence Around the Pool
Almost every area will require you to have some sort of barrier to your pool, and most people choose your standard backyard fence for this. However, if your pets frequently roam around in your backyard, then you’ll also want a safety fence that surrounds the immediate pool area. There are plenty of fencing options that block pets from getting to your pool, while still being easy to remove at any time.
While a pool cover is also good to have, you shouldn’t rely on that alone. A pool cover can prevent pets from falling deep into the water and could even hold them above water, provided the pet is small enough. But if a pet ends up in the water underneath the pool cover, it could keep them trapped. For the most security, keep a fence around the pool.
Set Up Walk-in Access
If a pet falls into your pool, having a way to walk out could make all the difference. A zero-depth entry is ideal, as it provides a large, easy route to safety, but steps are another good option. Should your pool not have either of these, you can also get a ramp and put that inside for a simple escape route.
There are several types of alarms you can install for a more pet safe pool. The most common types of pool alarms are perimeter alarms, pressure sensitive alarms, and gate alarms.
For perimeter alarms, you put the points of the alarm around your pool, which creates an invisible laser field going from point to point. Anytime something breaks that laser field, it will cause the alarm to go off.
With a pressure sensitive alarm, you set the alarm on the edge of your pool and make sure its sensor tube is in the water. If anything goes into the pool, the pressure created will sound the alarm. Each pressure sensitive alarm will have a minimum amount of pressure required to activate it, and most activate when anything 15 to 20 pounds or above enters the water.
Gate alarms monitor the gate to your pool and go off whenever the gate opens.
Ideally, you should have a pressure sensitive alarm and either a gate alarm, if your pool has a gate, or a perimeter alarm if it does not.
Don’t Allow Toys Around the Pool
Pets can sometimes lock in on a toy and pursue it no matter their surroundings. That means when a toy is near the water, your pet may run towards it and fall into the pool as a result. Or a toy could end up underneath your pool cover, causing your pet to jump after it. Make the pool a toy-free zone to prevent these types of incidences.
Make Sure Pets Behave by the Pool
Some pets, dogs in particular, get extremely excited when they’re by the pool, but it’s important that you don’t let yours run wild. If you have a dog, train it to still follow your commands when it’s near the pool. You can also train it to only jump in the water when you give it the go-ahead.
Keep a Sprayer Handy
There’s more to a pet safe pool than minimizing the risk of drowning. The chlorine in your pool can also damage your pet’s coat. If you let your pet swim, put a sprayer near the pool so you can wash it off every time it gets out.
It’s not difficult to set up a pet safe pool, as you can dramatically improve your pool’s safety for animals with a few add-ons and practices. Of course, there’s no substitute for adult supervision, so you should still try to monitor your pets whenever possible.