How safe is your family swimming pool? Is your pool as safe as it can be? Could it be safer? You never want to think about adding more safety once an accident has happened. You want to work with your swimming pool contractor from Seahorse Pools in Fort Worth, Texas to assure your pool is as safe as it can be and that it has as many layers of protection as possible.
Safety needs to be priority, always. You may want to go above and beyond what the municipality where you live requires and what your pool contractor originally recommended.
What are some of the layers of protection you can have for your pool?
- The safety fence
- Auto locking mechanisms
- Alarms — in pool and out of the pool and on the fence
- Infrared alarms
- Motional activated alarms
- Wristband sensors the child wears — those are only as good as the child who wears them and doesn’t take them off!
Is your pool as safe as it can be?
When you are looking for any kind of safety alarm or device for your swimming pool, talk with your pool contractor and then make sure every device you invest in has been tested for safety and security.
A CPSC study tested various pool alarms in a variety of pool shapes and depths to determine:
- Whether the surface and subsurface wave sensors worked without fail
- At what wave height did the sensors alarm (for example if a leaf fell in or if a child fell in)
- How much water did the wrist band need to be exposed to, and for how long, before it sounded
- False alarms were tested as well — debris, wind, toys and other items falling into the pool
- If the water was already choppy would the alarm sound if a child fell in?
The 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 some alarm features to discuss with us if you’re looking to add or upgrade pool safety measures:
- Ease of installation
- Tamper resistant/tamper proof
- Remote receiver with 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 a 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
After you’ve made a decision on an alarm talk with us, let us know what your concerns are, whom you’re trying to protect and what you may already have in place for safety. We want to work with you to assure you have all the safety measures in place you can to keep your pool and everyone in the home safe.