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Think Swimming Pool Safety with Pool Safety Alarms

Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by Dave No Comments

A swimming pool is a lot of fun, and having one can create great memories for your family. However, in the midst of the fun, a serious strategy should be in place that provides for the utmost safety for everyone – from your kids and pets to guests that come to your home. This blog offers a variety of safety strategies that you can incorporate into your pool related to the various types of pool safety alarms now available.

Do I Need a Pool Alarm?

Here are some reasons to get a pool alarm: Your kids, pets, and guests. The recent and ongoing rash of swimming pool drowning illustrates some startling statistics:

  • Most pool accidents and deaths take place while a child is supervised by an adult. These accidents or deaths occur in those five minutes you disappear to go get a drink, go to the bathroom, or simply just turn your back.
  • Most of the victims of swimming pool drownings are under the age of five.
  • Drowning and near drowning have even happened at pools where there is perimeter fencing.

The biggest benefit is that they save lives and provide that extra layer of safety that can help prevent swimming pool accidents and deaths.


A Range of Pool Safety Alarms

There are a number of swimming pool alarms now available that match your budget, pool, and technical specifications. Other factors to consider include pool safety alarm features, prices, and reputation.

Here is an overview of pool safety alarms that the pool professionals at Aqueous Pools Inc. can install:

  • Gate Alarms: These alarms are mounted directly onto the pool gate with the help of two magnetic switches. They are battery powered and come on when the gate is opened. They come in a variety of sizes, are easy to install, and relatively inexpensive. However, the fact that they are battery powered means that the battery will eventually run out and there is no indicator to warn you when this happens nor is there a DC power adaptor.
  • Door Alarms: In Palmdale, Lancaster, Acton and other areas of the Antelope Valley, door alarms are something that are now required as part of the city inspection process to approve the swimming pool (along with pool fencing). These alarms are designed for swimming pools that are near to a house in some way, such as a door out to the pool from the garage or a sliding door from the house to the pool area. When one of these doors is opened, an audible alarm sounds. These alarms can be turned on and off by using a key or a keypad. They can be battery powered or use the house’s electricity supply. The advantages to having door alarms is that they are effective, easy to install, and affordable. However, they can be accidentally left off if the key or keypad is not reactivated and the alarm may not be loud enough. The door alarms also must be turned off when entering the pool, which can again lead to them not being turned back after playing in the swimming pool.
  • Window Alarms: Everything about window alarms in terms of how they work, advantages, and disadvantages is similar to door alarms except these go on windows versus doors, of course. If you have security grills on windows, then these alarms are not needed.
  • Perimeter Alarms: These alarms use laser or infra red light to create an unbroken beam of light around the pool’s perimeter. Crossing this barrier leads to an alarm sounding. The beam can be adjusted to fit your child’s height. Although considered the most expensive of all alarms, they to provide protection all the way around the pool. However, these alarms will not work if they are accidently covered or moved, which will alter the set height.

There are also some fairly new and unique types of pool safety alarms to consider:

  • Voice Alarms: These alarms have multiple uses, including the swimming pool, boat, and camping, providing versatility and value for the price. They are all-weather, easy to set up, and cover a distance of 140 square yards. The voice alarms are activated by movement, and a person receives a personal recorded message to alert them. There are actually two to three sensors that can each have their own message and be linked into the in-home receiver.
  • Wrist Alarms: These alarms are also considered very versatile and can be used anywhere there is fresh water, such as the swimming pool, lake, and river. These are waterproof devices that you can key lock securely onto your child’s wrist and are linked to a base station. When the wrist alarm is immersed in water, the station alarm is then activated. Numerous wrist alarms can work with one base station. While these are very popular, there are some disadvantages. They must be on your child’s wrist to work, which means potentially 24 hours a day if near water that is of concern. Additional units would have to be purchased for each guest to your pool. Also, if you have a saltwater pool, the wrist alarms do not work.
  • Fence/Wall/Pool Mounted, Passive, and Infra-Red Motion Detectors:  This alarm is an all-weather device that can be mounted on a pool fence, wall, patio or garage. They protect an eight-yard, semi-circular radius with an alarm that can be heard up to 50 yards away. These alarms are armed one minute after being switched on and feature a five-second entry delay feature. Unique features include a movement and heat sensitive sensors. These alarms operate on two standard alkaline batteries or a DC power adapter. There are also pool-mounted versions, which operate in a similar fashion to the fence and wall mounted versions. These are very reliable. They cover a slightly larger area of 8.5 yards and a 150—degree area. This device also offers the additional advantage of protecting your swimming pool equipment from theft.
  • Floating/Wave Sensors: These are in-pool alarms that are attached to the edge of the swimming pool or put inside of the pool. The alarms run on batteries and are activated by a key. They work by sensing water displacement, which indicates when an object, which weighs more than fifteen pounds, has entered the pool. A signal is then sent to a remote receiver, which can be placed inside the house or carried around by an adult. The alarm sounds at 85 decibels, which provides a loud sound. These alarms can be used even if there is a pool cover or solar blanket on the pool because they can be adjusted to reduce their sensitivity. The advantages are that they are affordable, but the fact that they are portable means they can be moved and not available when needed the most.


A Lot to Consider

As you can see, there are a lot of options to consider. Contact us to find out pricing and get recommendations on the pool safety alarm that is right for your needs, pool size, and budget.


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