If you look at a swimming pool it looks so minuscule and harmless compared to the open waters like rivers, lakes, and seas. The size of it is usually regulated unless it is for official or Olympic use. Swimming in a pool does not require us to swim against strong currents, like cross currents or undercurrents. During the hot summer season, it looks very inviting, especially to children.
But according to statistics, this is not entirely true. The United Nations reports that there is 372,000 annual deaths (worldwide) from swimming pools. You can read more about it from WHO. In the United States, statistic from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows that from 2005 to 2014 there was a reported death of 3,536 equals to 10 deaths per day. The numbers are a reason for concern. A report made in 2016 showed that there is a 48% risk of drowning in open water and 36% in drowning in a pool.
Drowning is the major reason for fatalities in a swimming pool.
Major Causes Of Drowning
- Inability to swim
- Lock of a gate with locks and four-sided walls
- Lack of adult supervision
- Seizure disorders like epilepsy.
This is why the need for alarms is evident.
What Is A Pool Alarm?
A pool alarm system alerts owners when there is an unexpected breach or intrusion of the swimming area. The system is triggered by waves from animals that have taken into the swimming area. Wow, can you just imagine innocently swimming with a boa constrictor or an alligator? In Florida right after a very strong hurricane struck many pets and snake farms were damaged releasing boas and alligators into the wild where they had multiples due to the favorable conditions of the area. The best reason for installing a good alarm system is prevention. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
Benefits Of A Good Alarm System
Compliance With State Regulation
On January 1, 2011, the state of Tennessee passed Senate Bill Number 3019 otherwise known as the Katie Beth Law. The law applies to any residential swimming pool with an average depth of 36 inches. As stated no electrical permits will be granted to a residential owner unless complied.
It Will Give Peace Of Mind To Owners
Installation of this device will provide an additional layer of safety. It can also be easily installed without any major modification either on the side of the pool or on its deck.
Top pool alarms that have sensitive settings can be easily adjusted to objects of different weights and can reduce the risk of false alarms. Since they run on batteries, some devices come with a sensor that will alert the user once the battery runs low.
Things To Consider Before Buying An Alarm System
Mode of setting
This will depend primarily on your needs. There are different modes of setting. Some are for above ground pools some are for in-ground ones. Some can be worn as a bracelet or left floating on the water.
Choose a system loud enough but not too loud to disturb your neighbors. The loudness should be sufficient enough to hear from inside your house.
There should be a two-alarm system that can be heard. This will give you ample time to react to the situation before tragedy strikes.
The range is determined by the distance of the pool to your house. If it is too far it will take time before you can react to the emergency.
It can help to make some online reviews to find out the quality of a product. Ask around from neighbors and friends the quality and type of device they are using. Remember that choosing the cheapest may not be a good option. Read more info here: https://www.moneytalksnews.com/slideshows/7-things-that-prove-cheaper-isnt-always-better/.
There are many brands in the market that you can consider buying although it’s typically better to go with the latest models so that you maximize your pool’s safety and security. Before buying the alarm system review the tips on how to choose an alarm system discussed above. And as you go, be sure to have fun shopping around!