With all the decisions you’re making when you become a swimming pool owner, are you giving safety enough consideration? The swimming pool service and repair professionals from SwimRight Pools in Scottsdale, Arizona offer 7 tops for adding pool safety measures.
Pool safety needs to be front of mind all the time. This is especially true when you have young children and pets in the house. That being said, no one should ever swim alone because you just don’t know when a medical emergency might happen and if you’re alone it could turn into a tragic event.
One of the many layers of protection we recommend is pool alarms. With so many options for pool alarms available, how do you know what to choose?
Consider this info from the US Consumer Product Safety commission about the various types of alarms:
- Subsurface disturbance sensors. These are affixed below the surface and sound an alarm when the water is disturbed
- Surface wave sensors. These float on the water and sound an alarm when the water is disturbed.
- Wristband sensor. This is worn by a child and the alarm goes off if the wristband gets wet.
The CPSC study tested different alarm devices in six different types of backyard pool shapes and depths. Its goal was to determine whether surface and subsurface wave sensors would alarm when a test object entered the pool. It also tested whether the wristband would alarm without fail when exposed to the pool water. It also tested for false alarms like rain, wind, a pool toy or debris dropping into the pool.
7 tips for adding pool safety measures
The test results indicated:
- surface sensors didn’t operate with as much reliability as the subsurface sensors did.
- subsurface sensors were more consistent in alarming when they were supposed to and less likely to trigger a false alarm.
- wristband sensors reliably sounded an alarm each time it was submerged to pool water and other water sources – a hose or faucet.
Here are features to talk with us about and consider when making a pool alarm decision:
- Ease of installation
- Tamper-resistant/tamper proof
- Remote receiver with a range of up to 200 feet or more
- Low battery indicator
- Choose one that is recommended for the size, shape and depth of your pool
- Ability to detect an object as light as 10 pounds
- An alarm that is loud and distinct enough to not be mistaken for background noises and one that sounds within 20 seconds
Give us a call and let’s talk about layers of safety for your pool. Don’t forget the pool fence, automatic locking mechanism and an alarmed fence gate.