How Swimming Pool Alarms Decrease Drowning Accidents

by Pool Builders on 07-13-2009 in Articles

I wish to share with you that drowning can be decreased by strict supervision around the water, the wearing of Coast Guard Approved Life-jackets, professionally taught swim lessons, and the use of a swimming pool alarm that announces unauthorized entry into the swimming pool. A swimming pool alarm sounds the alarm that water displacement of an object over 15 pounds has entered the water, that your attention is immediately required at pool side.

Stages of Drowning:
First Impression-- is that many people have a false impression of what a drowning in action looks like. The truth is that when a person is in the act of drowning, they are not screaming for help nor are they waving their arms wildly. Rather, the head is tilted back with the face looking upwards. The body positioning is nearly vertical in the water and there is little to no leg action. There is rarely any sound emitted from a person who is truly in the first stage of drowning.

Breath Holding--Many of us have experienced what it feels like when you take a drink of a beverage and it goes down the "so-called" wrong tube. What happens is the epiglottis closes over the airway to prevent the liquid from entering the airway to the lungs. It is an involuntary breath holding action that may allow some movement, but the person cannot breathe.

Unconsciousness--When the body is deprived of oxygen, a state of unconsciousness takes effect. Movement ceases, breathing stops, and respiratory arrest takes hold. The victim sinks to the bottom of the water. The rate of decent depends on such factors as the amount of air trapped in the lungs, the body weight and muscle mass of the victim. Remained unconscious caused death unless breathing is reestablished.

Hypoxic Convulsion--The bluing of the skin is caused by the lack of oxygen in the blood stream. Fingernails and the lips appear blue, and the victim's body becomes stiff, cold and ridged. Convulsive -like symptoms can appear, giving the name of Hypoxic Convulsion.

Clinical Death-- The victim is declared clinically dead when both breathing and circulation stop. Cardiac arrest is the result.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) includes both chest compressions and rescue breathing. CPR needs to be accompanied with the use of an, Automated External Defibrillator. An (AED) should only be used in case of cardio-respiratory arrest on adults and children over eight years old.

More than 900 children between 1 and 14 die each year in drowning accidents. In the state of California, drowning is the number one cause of accident death for children 1-4 years of age.

Prevent Unauthorized Swimming Pool Use: The Pool Protector Alarm electronically monitors and senses water displacement if an object over 15 pounds that enters the pool. A loud pulsating alarm is triggered when the electronic sensor inside the Pool Protector is activated. Installation is very easy. The unit sits on the pool deck ready to detect water motion. Unless the pool alarm is put into Sleep Mode, it is always activated.

I was a certified Water Safety Instructor, CPR Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor for thirty years. I have made many assists and water entry swim rescues over the years.

The non-use of Coast Guard Approved Life-jackets and inadequately protected backyard pools, costs us all precious lives every year. Many accidents and loss of life water accidents can be prevented with these two pieces of equipment; the wearing of life-jackets (not sitting on them) and swimming pool alarms.

Conclusion: People purchase alarms for their cars to protect them from being stolen. Aren't the lives of our children and pets far more meaningful and precious to us than our cars? Purchase a pool alarm for your home pools and prioritize what is most important in your life.

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