Swimming Pool Alarms - How They Can Increase Your Pool Safety

by Pool Builders on 06-14-2010 in Articles

Swimming pools can be a lot of fun especially if you have kids. Kids of all ages love the pool, they love to play around in the water. But swimming pools can also be very dangerous for children, due to fact that they could drown. As a matter of fact, swimming pool accidents are one of the main causes of death of children under the age of 5 years. In a recent study conducted by the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission it was estimated that about 300 children under the age of five drown annually in residential swimming pools in the US and more than 2,000 additional children in that age group are treated in hospital emergency rooms for submersion injuries. Drowning remains the second leading killer of children under the age of 14 and, in many Sunbelt states, drowning tops the list. In addition, drowning can happen in seconds and usually takes place when a child is left unsupervised or during a brief lapse in supervision. It takes approximately two minutes for a drowning child to lose consciousness, and about four to six minutes for irreversible brain damage to occur.

Pool owners should always be aware of the danger a swimming pool can pose, especially to children and pets. But a pool safety alarm will alert you if someone is close to or inside your pool. Pool alarms have sensors that automatically senses when anyone, anything, people or pets, enter the pool. However, these pool alarms are intended to boost other safety measures such as pool perimeter fences and supervision, and should not be relied on as the sole means of pool safety. They can, however, play a key role in protecting lives when other measures have failed.

Today, a pool alarm is must-have for every pool owner who wants the peace of mind of knowing that their pool is safe for their children and pets alike. Installing a swimming pool alarm would be one of the wisest decisions any pool owner could ever make.

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