These days, pool security means more than just fences and pool covers.
These days, pool security means more than just fences and pool covers. There have been fantastic innovations in the area of alarm systems for pools which mean enhanced security for your loved ones as well as your entire neighborhood.
As fun as pools are there is no escaping the fact that they can be hazard if not properly secured. As a homeowner with a pool, it is your responsibility to both your family and the public at large to secure it and prevent young children and adults that cannot swim from accidentally falling in.
Not too many years ago, pool security encompassed only fences and pool covers. Well, things have certainly changed. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of different products on the market; including, pool alarms, door and gate alarms and child safety alarms.
Pool alarms are activated when someone enters the pool. Generally, these alarms are loud enough to wake the dead and most have a wireless remote so they’ll sound indoors as well. There are a number of ways in which pool alarms will detect when a child or pet has fallen into the pool. The first is a sensor that detects when there is a disturbance on the surface of the water, the second is a sensor that detects disturbances under the water and third is via passive infrared motion detection (the same as those used in home security systems). Pool alarms offer a number of different modes and can be easily deactivated by an adult. Most will even offer a special “off” mode where the alarm is reactivated once the pool has gone calm. Having a pool alarm doesn’t eliminate the need for a fence; however, they provide homeowners with an excellent backup in case the fence is left open.
It is important to not underestimate the creativity and resourcefulness of our young children and that is why we always recommend that our clients purchase door and gate alarms for their pool fences. These alarms have features that allow adults to easily pass through the gate without having the alarm go off. These alarms are easy to install and relatively inexpensive.
A number of companies manufacture child safety alarms such as immersion alarms. With immersion alarms, the child is fitted with a wrist band that sends a signal to a receiver in the event that it is submerged in water. It is important to note that these devices are water resistant and are tolerant to a certain level of play but it is definitely recommended that you remove it during “bath time.”