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Ask Kim: What Should I Know About Pets And A Swimming Pool?

Our family has multiple pets, and we want them to enjoy the water but we’re afraid for their safety. What are some key items we should know about owning pets and a swimming pool?
When you’re enjoying the swimming pool, of course you don’t want your furry friends to miss the fun. While they can have a great time with you in the water, there are some precautions to take to ensure they remain safe.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  • If you have an animal that requires outside time, you’ll want to install a fence around your pool to prevent them from entering at unwanted times
  • Pets should safely enter the pool using a pet-safe ladder
  • You may want to equip your pool with an alarm just in case your furry friend finds their way into the backyard without your knowledge.
Overall, you should make sure your animals are familiar with the water (ex: how to enter and exit the pool), but you don’t want them to take a dip unsupervised.

Ask Kim: Our Family Has Small Children. How Do We Increase Safety For Our Pool?

Pool safety for children is a major concern for parents but there are a handful of things you can do to keep your family safe.

Teach your children to swim. Expose your children to the water at an early age (with adult supervision) through swimming lessons and fun water activities. The more they are acquainted with the water, the less curious they will be about wanting to run into the pool when no one is looking.

Say no to drains. Show your children what a pool drain looks like and explain to them why they should not go near them. Many pools have strong suction that helps circulate water. Hair, loose items and swim suits can get stuck in the drain if you’re nearby too long. Be sure all drains are covered.

Find the best barriers and door locks. Pool fences and special locks should be installed near your pool and on the doors that help access the pool. This will keep children out when the pool is not in use.

Learn CPR. You never know when an emergency could happen. As an adult supervising children in a pool, knowing how to perform CPR correctly could save a life.