Pool Safety Guide

by Pool Builders on 03-13-2011 in Articles

Taking the necessary steps to transform your pool into a safe environment for your family can make swimming a relaxing and enjoyable experience, as opposed to a source of worry. To increase pool safety, there are several items on the market today that encourage drowning prevention through the use of alarms, barriers and locks. Arming yourself with CPR training is another step you can take that will ensure the safety of your loved ones as well. Approaching pool safety in layers is a beneficial tactic to take and will help you to protect the ones you love for years to come.

By placing door locks high enough so that they are out of reach of your children, you can rest easy knowing they will not be able open any doors leading out to your swimming pool. Consider placing a lock as high up as possible on the door so that even you may not be able to reach it without the aid of a stool or step ladder. Installing a perimeter gate with a self-latching lock mechanism is another way to utilize locks as a preventative measure.

Currently the pool alarms available are divided into five categories. Personal immersion alarms are worn by your child and come with a base that is notified when the child comes into direct contact with water. These are ideal for not only home use, but for utilization at places like community pools. Another type of protection is pool perimeter alarms which use lasers on a consistent path to create a barrier around the swimming area. When the laser is crossed, an alarm sounds to let you know the perimeter has been breached.

While sonar alarms are highly recommended, they can be extremely expensive to be installed. Using the same technology as naval subs, a sonar net is created based on water acoustics. Like the pool perimeter alarm, when the sonar net is broken an alarm sounds. Another pool safety alarm to consider is a surface detector. While not as costly as the sonar option, this type of protection is prone to false alarms. It is designed to pick up ripples made on the surface of the water. Because the alarm cannot discern between ripples made by your child or a branch, for instance, these may not be the best option.

Not as prone to false alarms as the surface alarm design, subsurface alarms detect movements made under the water. This option is priced in the mid-range and can be beneficial when used as one of your protection layers in conjunction with a high-placed lock and perimeter gate. Gaining CPR certification is highly recommended as well for your knowledge could very well save the life of one of your family members. And whichever approach you take for pool safety, there is sure to be a way for you to relax and enjoy your swimming pool with your family.

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