Security is essential for all areas within a personal residence. Although it is common to have a main alarm system that monitors the doors and windows of the home, the pool is usually not included in the monitoring system. Having a pool alarm is the best way to ensure immediate reaction to any unauthorized access to the pool, which reduces the likeliness of a deadly accident from occurring.
Most outdoor pools are used exclusively during the summer months. However, in milder climates like northern California, people are able to extend their pool use even further. Home owners may feel much safer after installing a pool fence around the perimeter of the pool, but this is not always enough security. Pool alarms, on the other hand, can complement traditional security features to guarantee pool safety.
Having a pool safety tool in place is important in taking preventative action. Although many pool owners who do not currently have children or pets feel that a pool alarm is not necessary, it is important to consider that unexpected house guests often arrive with both children and pets. It only takes a few unsupervised minutes for children to open a locked door and find their way to the pool area.
Reliable pool alarms can also announce the presence of undesirable people on the property, who are using the pool without asking. Neighbors and friends who are aware of the household schedule may decide to slip in and use the pool when they believe everyone is away.
Foreign objects that enter the pool will also sound off the alarm. When a chair, toy, or other object enters the pool, it is usually the result of a person or animal being nearby. Read over safety features as a mandatory part of annual property maintenance. Always mention that there is a pool safety alarm when renewing a household insurance policy. And finally, use these tips to provide a safe environment at home:
The 24 most important pool safety points/tips:
- Provide constant supervision for all children by a qualified adult.
- If possible, put a pool fence around the pool equipped with a self-locking latch, which should never be left open. Keep patio furniture, trees, shrubs and other climbable items away from the fence.
- Provide non-slippery surfaces for walkways, decks, diving boards, and ladders.
- Mark shallow water (6 feet or less of water) appropriately
- Identify, cover sharp edges and protruding hard surfaces to prevent injuries. Repair broken/shaky ladders and railings.
- Do not allow running, roughhousing, and thrill-seeking stunts anywhere near the pool.
- Avoid possible electrical shock hazards by keeping electrical devices away from the pool.
- Familiarize yourself with local ordinances and safety codes.
- Place ladders and rails around the pool.
- Make sure that everyone using your pool can swim.
- Clearly post pool rules and guidelines. Be prepared to follow the rules yourself, starting with never swimming by yourself, if at all possible.
- Keep first aid equipment and rescue tools near the pool at all times.
- Teach children what to do in case of an emergency and to watch out for other children.
- Avoid leaving toys near swimming pools.(This may attract toddlers to play near it.)
- Get CPR training for all adults and teenagers.
- Avoid depending on inflatable swimming aids, which may not be as dependable as approved life vests and may give children and adults a false sense of security.
- Always be within arm’s length whenever a toddler is in the water, even if they are placed in a flotation device.
- Invest in automatic pool covers. Also, make sure that it drains well since a child can drown in a mere 2 to 3 inches of water. For added safety, install an approved pool drain cover.
- Use pool alarms (even for above ground pools) when possible.
- Equip your drains with anti-entrapment covers and possibly SVRS systems (suction valve release systems).
- Strive to maintain your pool properly, using the right amounts of chemicals when called for. Chemicals, for example, can help prevent infections because of dirty water. Instruct children never to urinate in the pool and ask anyone with diarrhea to abstain from using the pool.
- Use no drugs or alcohol when you plan to use the pool.
- Stay out of the pool during thunder storms.
- If your child is missing first look at the pool! Time is critical.