swimming pool safe?
It takes as little as 2 inches of water and
2 seconds for a child to drown.
Do you own a Pool?
Do you have kids?
Do your Neighbours have kids?
Where are these Kids now?
Who is watching them?
DO YOU HAVE
A POOL SAFETY ALARM?
Vigilance is the best way to prevent a child from drowning.
But can anyone be vigilant 100% of the time? In the USA more
than 300 children a year under the age of 5 drown in
residential swimming pools. There are times when even the best
parents take their eyes off their children for a minute or two.
Without any warning, at any time, an accident can occur. Most
pool mishaps happen in less than five minutes; the amount of
time it takes to make a cup of coffee or a sandwich. There are
tools that can help you promote pool safety. Pool safety alarms
afford you extra protection for the ones you care about and
love. They will help keep your children from becoming a
TYPES OF POOL SAFETY ALARMS
There are various models of alarms to
consider depending upon your budget, type of pool, and
Gate alarms are mounted directly on your pool’s gate with two
magnetic switches. These alarms, which are battery powered,
activate when the gate is opened and the electrical field is
broken. There is an override button that can be pressed by an
adult to allow them to pass through without sounding the alarm.
Gate alarms are designed for outdoor use, come in many
different sizes, are inexpensive, and easy to install. The
disadvantages of these devices includes they are battery
powered, possess no audible low battery indicator, and have no
DC power adaptor.
Door alarms are designed for pools that include the house in
some part of or in their entire perimeter. When the door is
opened an audible alarm sounds. These alarms, which are turned
on and off using a key or a keypad, are either battery powered
or use the home’s current. They are affordable, easy to
install, and provide a warning if the door is opened. They are
also useful in detecting intruders. Disadvantages include the
fact that they can be unintentionally left off, the pitch of
the alarm may be limited, and when adults and supervised
children are entering the pool they must be turned off.
Additionally, if you have a doggie door the alarm is
compromised because children can crawl through the smaller
As with door alarms, window alarms are used if the house is
included in some part of or in the entire perimeter of the
pool. When the window is opened an audible alarm sounds. These
alarms, which are turned on and off using a key or a keypad,
are either battery powered or use the home’s current. They are
affordable, easy to install, and provide a warning if the
window is opened. They are also useful in detecting intruders.
Disadvantages include the fact that they can be unintentionally
left off and the pitch of the alarm may be limited. If you have
security grills on your windows these alarms are
These alarms, which use laser or infra red light, form an
unbroken beam of light around the pool’s perimeter. When
someone entering the perimeter breaks the beam the alarm
sounds. Alarm beams are positioned 12 to 24 inches above ground
level and should be adjusted according to your child’s height.
These devices, which are the most expensive on the market, give
total perimeter protection at a set height. Disadvantages are
that the set height may not suit visiting children and that the
alarm will activate if one of the pool’s perimeter alarms is
inadvertently hit, moved, or covered.
These versatile alarms, which are the latest in water safety,
may be used at the pool, in a boat—- anywhere there is fresh
water. These waterproof devices are key locked securely onto
your child’s wrist and communicate via a base station. When the
wrist alarm is immersed in water the station alarm is
activated. Base units and wrist alarms are purchased
separately, which means you may have numerous wrist alarms for
one base station. The wrist alarms have become very popular. To
outfit three children the cost would be approximately $250.
Some disadvantages are that they must be on your child’s wrist
24 hours a day to be totally effective, separate units must be
purchased for visitors to ensure their safety, and they do not
function in salt water.
These talking wireless security systems are like having your
own sentry on duty 24 hours a day. With multiple uses-- pool,
business, campsite—- these all-weather devices set up quickly
and possess a long range. Triggered by movement, when the
in-home unit is activated you’re alerted by your personal
recorded message. Two to three sensors, each with its own
message, can be used per in-home receiver. These cover a 140
square yard area and instantly inform you when children have
entered the pool area.
These in-pool alarms are mounted on the edge of the pool or in
the pool. They are key activated, battery powered, and
portable. Generally these alarms sense water displacement when
an object weighing more than fifteen pounds enters the pool.
When this occurs a signal is sent to a remote receiver which is
either in the home or carried by the adult. The receiver emits
an alarm of approximately 85 decibels. These alarms can be used
with pool covers or solar blankets and have an adjustment that
can reduce their sensitivity. They are affordable with most
models priced around $200. The disadvantages to this system
include the portability, which means they can be removed, and
the fact that someone must be in the water before you are
FENCE/ WALL MOUNTED PASSIVE INFRA-RED MOTION
This all weather-designed system may be mounted on a pool fence
or wall and can also be installed in a spa, patio, or garage.
They protect an 8-yard semi circular area by emitting a
110-decibel alarm that can be heard up to 50 yards away. These
alarms, which are most effective when mounted on a pool fence
or wall, are armed one minute after being switched on and
possess a 5 second entry delay feature which prevents the
device from going off immediately after it’s been activated.
Unique features include both a movement and heat sensitive
sensor that can only be activated by a small child or animal
when performing movements and emitting body heat within its
patrol range. 2 standard alkaline batteries or a DC power
adapter run these alarms, which have a 12-month full
replacement warranty. Price is around $290.
POOL MOUNTED PASSIVE INFRA-RED MOTION DETECTORS
These alarms, which are some of the newest ones on the market,
combine all of the important features found in other devices
and are very affordable. Each unit, at a cost of $200,
simultaneously detects both motion and heat of anyone passing
by and will not give any false readings for inanimate objects.
With this device a perimeter fence is not an integral part of
the system as it is with most other systems. This key operated
unit runs on batteries or a DC power adapter and has a 24-hour
warning signal for low battery power. With a 110-decibel micro
siren this is also the loudest alarm on the market and can be
heard 50-yards away. These alarms cover an 8.5-yard radius and
a 150-degree area. The Pool Mounted Passive Infra Red Motion
Detector protects all children before they get wet and also
keeps your pool equipment safe from theft. It is only available
from www.safetyalarms.com. Pool Safety Alarms—Things to Think
In considering a pool safety alarm one
should compare features, price, and reliability. Consider the
power source or sources, the fail-safes, and the potential for
inadvertently disarming the warning system. Remember that pool
alarms are one tool that will help to make your swimming area
safer. Parental guidance and vigilance are primary in insuring
pool safety.This is an investment in your family’s
future. Losing a child is devastating and most couples who do
so end up in divorce. Statistics are cold hard facts; the hug
of your child is a tender, heart-warming reality. Keep your
little ones safe and protected.