We’re rapidly approaching pool season for most of the United States. People from coast to coast will be setting up and filling their pools, promising to themselves that this year will be the one where they actually make time to enjoy the pool. Sadly, on average around 900 children die each year from drowning, many in their own family pools.
A pool alarm is certainly no substitute for vigilance on the part of the parents and other care givers but it should absolutely be one of the tools used to protect children in the home.
A Pool Alarm Saves Lives
The Pool Protector Pool Alarm is simplicity itself. It has two components. The sensor unit rests on the side of the pool with part of it extending into the water. The second component is the receiver, which is placed anywhere within 200 feet of the sensor, such as perhaps the kitchen or living room of the home.
When the sensor activates, the receiver emits a 100dB alarm, easily loud enough to get the attention of everyone in the home. The alarm also sounds right at the sensor unit, doubling the amount of noise and alerting anyone who might be outside.
The sensor, once installed, cannot be deactivated. There is a sleep button that is activated when people are using the pool. When the sensor detects no movement in the pool for a certain period of time, it automatically reactivates itself. Also, the sensor will detect if someone tries to deactivate the unit and, if that happens, the alarm goes off. Many pool owners fear neighborhood children from jumping the fence and using the pool when no one is around. That won’t be happening more than once with the Pool Protector.
It isn’t just for detecting illicit pool use, either. In ground pools in particular can pose a serious hazard for those walking near them. Countless adults have slipped and fallen into the pool when they weren’t paying attention to where they were going. Fortunately, the vast majority of those accidents did little more than bruise the ego of those involved. Children like to explore and they love to explore places and areas that are off limits to them. As many a parent has found, children are little escape artists and can often find their way over, under, or through gates, fences, and other obstacles quite easily. You can’t always rely upon such devices to keep your children safe. A pool alarm provides that extra layer of security.
A pool alarm is not magical, though, and won’t create some sort of force field around the pool, preventing anyone from entering or falling into it. However, the alarm can provide you with those precious extra seconds to respond to an accident, something that certainly could mean the difference between life and death.