Over 4,000 people drown each year in the United States of America, making it the fourth leading cause of accidental death (American Institute for Preventive Medicine). Each year, one-third of those who drown are children under the age of 14. Could a simple device such as a pool alarm potentially save thousands of lives each year?
A pool alarm is a fairly straightforward concept; it is an electronic device that monitors the pool water for movement. When movement is detected, an alarm sounds to alert you to the presence of something in the water. A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a phone call, which is why pool alarms should almost be required for all pools.
When deciding on the best pool alarm for you, you want to consider a smart pool alarm, such as the Pool Protector Pool Alarm, which analyses the surface of the water and alerts you to minute movements, such as when a child or dog falls into the water. A good pool alarm will typically include some form of motion or movement detection that is controlled by internal electronics.
It’s critical to choose one that runs on batteries, as you don’t want to run an electrical cord out to the water and have it fall in during a storey. A good pool alarm should include a low battery warning, indicating when it’s time to replace the batteries. The Pool Protector is powered by a single 9-volt battery; for extended life, choose a lithium-ion battery.
No pool alarm is useful if it sounds every time you enter the water. You’re looking for an alarm with a bypass key or switch, such as the Pool Protector, that will enable the pool alarm to turn off while you swim. When finished, use the bypass key to restore guard mode to the alarm.
The Pool Protector covers an area of approximately 100 square feet (32 metres), which should be sufficient for the majority of residential pools. If your pool is larger, it is recommended that you add an additional alarm on the opposite side to ensure adequate coverage. The alarm is secured to a metal pin attached to the pool’s side, preventing it from falling in accidentally. It features a throat resembling an elephant’s trunk that sticks into the water and detects motion, and it is compatible with pools equipped with in-wall skimmers. Due to the pool alarm’s reliance on water contact, you must regularly check your water levels to ensure the alarm does not extend less than 4 inches into the water.
Additionally, avoid placing the alarm near the filter’s return line, as turbulence will trigger the alarm. Additionally, ensure that the return lines point downward rather than upward.
The pool alarm comes with a remote control that activates a 100db alarm when movement is detected. 12 the block will hear this alarm, alerting you to the fact that someone has fallen in. It must be kept within 300 feet of the alarm, whether inside or outside the home. Bear in mind that a pool alarm is not intended to replace a lifeguard or adult supervision. Never leave a child alone near a pool, even to get a glass of water or to take a phone call. While the Pool Protector Pool Alarm will not prevent drowning, it will notify you if someone falls into the pool.