Why You Should Install A Pool Alarm  

by Pool Builders on 11-13-2010 in Articles

Do you have a swimming pool or are you thinking of having one fitted? If so, then it is recommended that you have a pool alarm installed too. You could be wondering if you really need such an alarm, but all will be revealed in the rest of this piece. A pool alarm can be incorporated into your existing burglar alarm system, if it is flexible enough.

One of the reasons for installing a pool alarm is that it may be required by law, national or local. Numerous kids have been drowned skinny dipping in a neighbour's pool when they are away on vacation.

Some local authorities insist on putting up fences, but they are basically ineffectual, so the move is towards pool alarms. This does not really have to be expensive because most people who can afford a pool will have a home alarm system already.

If your local authority does not have requirements for alarms already, it might be worth checking out what legislation is in the pipeline. Most of the contemporary pool alarms are activated while there is a disturbance at water level, so they are good for deterring night-time aquatic intruders.

However, it obviously does not just warn of interlopers, occasionally people fall into the pool because they are drunk. The alarm will permit you to rescue them. It will also warn about children falling into the pond, which is a continuous source of concern for parents with pools.

Because a great deal of pool owners are no longer young and their children are grown up, they often ask themselves why they need to secure their pool. Well, one decent reason, besides saving lives, is that it can reduce your insurance premium. To be blunt, it shows that you are trying and so reduces your liability.

Pool safety devices are easy to install, especially if you already have a warning system, scanners and siren fitted on your property. For most people who can afford a pool, the price of an alarm is off-set against the peace of mind that it will deliver is fairly negligible.

When you go searching for a pool alarm, there are plenty of places for you to try, but the best place to go first of all is the supplier of your present home security system. This is because they will be the best people to be able to integrate the two set-ups so that you do not have two sets of sirens, two sets of detectors and two sets of everything else.

Once you have had a pool alarm installed, you have one further moral responsibility and that is to make sure that it works. This is simple. Set your alarm and jump into the water. Reset the alarm and walk up to your pool. In both circumstances, the pool alarm must have been set off.

You should check your alarm each month or two in conjunction with checking your existing home security system. This is a necessary preventive step, because you cannot expect things to keep working for years without needing some maintenance.

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