Swimming Pool Alarms

Swimming pool alarms and accidental drowning. A quality water alarm can help with safe pools for your children and pets.

Why a swimming pool safety alarm? According to drowning statistics, it can take a little as two inches of water for a child to drown.

Most drownings take place at home with one or both parents supervising and the child had been seen within 5 minutes before drowning.

Swimming pool alarms are great if you have a pool, children or pets, or your neighbor has children or pets.

While adult supervision is the best protection against children drowning, who can be "on" all the time? Even a quality pool door alarm is better than nothing.

I saved one older man from drowning in the hot tub when I was the pool operator for the YMCA. I also assisted a lifeguard in saving an unconcious 5 year old who was accidentally kicked in the head. He was floating face-down about 2 feet below the surface. I take pool safety very seriously.

Swimming Pool Alarms Safety

There are times when even the best parent in the world can take their eyes off a child for a minute or two, and that's all it takes.

The time it takes to use the restroom or make a cup of coffee is the time a tragedy can happen.

Inground pool alarms or above ground pool alarms can add that needed protection for your swimming safety. Remember that your child's life is in your hands.

Pool Safety Alarms Systems Features

Underwater sensor that sounds the alarm when an object 15 lbs. or over enters the water. 

Features for a pool side alarm can include:

  • Between 100 - 120 decibel siren
  • Eliminates false alarms due to weather (wind or heavy rain)
  • Thermostats for checking water and air temperatures
  • Child-proof on/off switch
  • Some models have a hand-held remote alarm
  • Normally uses either a 9-Volt battery or 4AA batteries

Be sure to check your batteries each month. If you have any doubts as to the life of the batteries you should replace them.

Most pool alarms will cover a 24ft. round or a 16 X 32 oval swimming pool. If you have a larger pool, you may need laser alarms.

Although these kinds of alarms are good, they are not perfect. If you plan on swimming or cleaning the pool you'll need to turn the unit off, which means you need to remember to turn it back on. Also, these kinds of units don't cover lakes, streams, play or kiddie pools.

With any kind of child water safety, you need to invest in a good child safety pool fence, a pool alarm, a swimming pool door alarm, and a safety pool cover.

This may sound like a bit of over-kill, but the alternative is scary. You must have several layers of protection.

A child's hug is precious.

You don't want to miss a second of it. 

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