Safety Guidelines for Children & Pets

Family Safety

Pool Safety Guidelines for Children & Pets

  • Use non-slip materials on the pool deck, diving board and ladders.
  • Electrical equipment should be installed by a licensed electrician in accordance with local safety codes.
  • Check with a professional pool contractor to be sure the depth is sufficient for a diving board or slide. Always put a slide in a deep area of the pool– never in shallow water.
  • There should be a fence at least six feet high around all sides of the pool with a locked gate to keep children out when there is no supervision and the fence should be constructed so it is difficult to climb.
  • Check the pool and equipment periodically for cleanliness and good maintenance.
  • Teach children to float or swim as soon as possible.
  • Always provide competent adult supervision when the pool is in use.
  • No one should ever swim alone.
  • Caution children against showing off and playing rough and explain the dangers of running and diving recklessly.
  • Keep rescue devices and first aid supplies near the pool.
  • Teach children what to do in case of emergency. An alarm bell that could summon help would be a good idea.

Pet Safety

  • A fence should be installed around the pool.
  • Install a pet-safe ladder in the pool so your pet has easy exit access.
  • Pets should not be allowed around the pool without supervision.
  • Pool covers are NOT a form of protection. Covers can be deceptive to pets, as they look like a solid surface but can give out and lead to a tragedy.
  • Familiarize your pet with water at a young age; don’t assume he can swim.
  • Consider purchasing a pool alarm system. These float in the pool and go off when there is a disturbance in the water.
  • Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately if a near-drowning or water injury occurs.