Pool Protector - Pool Safety Made Simple

by Pool Builders on 04-06-2009 in Articles

Hundreds of small children die or are seriously injured every year as a result of drowning or being injured in a residential or public pool. In 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report stating that the majority of pool and spa related injuries and deaths involved children between the ages of 1 and 2 years old.

The report also revealed that drowning deaths involving children under the age of 5 had increased from an annual average of 267 to 283. Lastly, the report stated that drowning is the primary cause of accidental death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old. These sad statistics are proof that hundreds of children are dying or suffering serious injuries, despite the fact that both are highly preventable.

Many adults falsely believe that, as long as they are nearby, even if they are distracted, they will be alerted to a possible drowning emergency by a child's screams or by the child flailing in the water. This simply is not true. Many serious and fatal pool accidents have occurred while adults are sitting poolside talking to one another or simply reading a book.

When drowning occurs, children are submerged under water and unable to scream for help. Often, in cases of entrapment, children are held down by a powerful suction or a drain as one of their limbs, part of their bathing suit, or even their hair is stuck in the suction. When this happens, nearby adults may not immediately realize that the child is stuck and, in only a few short minutes, the child can die or suffer severe, irreversible brain damage as a result of oxygen deprivation. The CPSC reports that between 1999 and 2007, 74 cases of entrapment were reported and, of that number, 9 victims died and 63 were injured.

The federal government currently requires public pools and spas to have safety drain covers and some are even required to have anti-entrapment systems installed. Although the law is targeted specifically at public pools and spas, such as those found in apartment buildings or hotels, private residential owners are also encouraged to strive for the same safety standards.

Pool safety should always be approached with multiple layers of protection in mind. Therefore, if one malfunctions or fails, another layer of protection is in place to alert adults of a possible emergency. One such highly recommended safety measure is the Pool Protector. This self-contained, fully portable, electronic monitoring system sounds a piercing alarm, both from the unit and from a remote receiver installed in the home up to 200 feet away from the unit, whenever a child or a pet tumbles into a pool monitored by the system.

The affordable and easy to install Pool Protector can be put in sleep mode, but it is never deactivated. If ever someone inexperienced in putting it into sleep mode tries to remove the Pool Protector from the swimming pool or spa, the alarm is automatically triggered.

The Pool Protector uses a 9-volt battery that needs to be replaced, on average, every year and it comes with a 12-volt power supply. Should the battery ever run low, the Pool Protector also includes a low battery indicator that sounds an alert on the receiver, as well as on the actual unit.

Other possible layers of protection include pool owners regularly checking for missing or broken drain covers and not allowing children in pools or spas where either is the case. It's also advisable to remove ladders when an above ground pool is not in use. When children are missing, always search a pool or spa first as every precious second counts. All adults should also be trained in CPR in case resuscitation is needed, and emergency rescue equipment should always be nearby a pool and all adults aware of its exact location.

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