How to Protect Your Pet from a Pool Chemical Spill
We do everything in our power to protect our pets from harm. And during the summer that task seems to get a little more difficult. The first order of business for many pet parents is protecting them from the summer heat.
As this article on hot weather hazards for dogs explains, they’re especially susceptible to heat exhaustion. Pet owners should always be on the lookout for the signs, which include heavy panting, drooling, vomiting, unsteadiness, and more. Naturally, a great way to keep your dog cool is to head for the pool. But you should be extra vigilant there as well.
Because backyard pools are a lot more active in the summer, it may mean accidents happen more easily. If one of those accidents happens to be a pool chemical spill, your loved ones and pets could be in great danger. So, it’s best to know ahead of time what to do. Here are a few helpful tips:
Act fast. As this presentation on hazardous pool chemicals from the San Diego County government urges, if there is a spill, clean it up right away. The longer a spill remains in the open the more opportunities a pet or child has for becoming exposed. If the spill is too dangerous for you to handle on your own, call your local emergency services.
Know the MSDS information for your chemicals. The National Swimming Pool Foundation explains that an MSDS is a Material Safety Data Sheet. An MSDS provides instructions for how best to handle a chemical. It is essential information to have when you’re cleaning up a spill. Following the provided procedures will help ensure that you keep yourself, your loved ones, and your pets safe as you clean up the spilled chemicals. To find the MSDS information for your pool’s chemicals, do a Google search or try one of the resources provided by this site.
Properly dispose of the spilled material. Any owner of a curious pet knows their propensity for nosing their way into places they shouldn’t. That’s why it’s so important that once you’ve cleaned up the spill you dispose of the waste material safely. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety advises that spilled materials should be placed inside a “clean, dry plastic bag or container” and then that bag or container should be placed inside another bag. It also stresses that once you’ve cleaned up and disposed of the chemical your work isn’t done. You should continue to monitor the bag containing the spilled material in case a delayed chemical reaction occurs.
Do your best to avoid spills. As this article on the wide variety of pool chemicals used to clean a pool shows, they can be very toxic. One big way to keep your pet safe from the get-go is to take all necessary precautions when storing your chemicals. For example, you can avoid a spill caused by your pet when you keep pool chemicals locked safely in a shed, cabinet or other area that your pet cannot access. And note that one aspect of proper storage is making sure the chemicals can ventilate properly. Inhaling chemical fumes can be very harmful to your pet.
Every pet owner wants to protect their furry friend. Knowing exactly how to take fast and safe action when a pool chemical spill happens is a great way to ensure your pet isn’t exposed to these dangerous substances.
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Vee Cecil is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor. Vee is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her recently-launched blog.