Pool Safety Devices for Your Backyard Pool
Swimming pools are a great addition to anybody’s home. It provides a place for relaxation, exercise, and even parties. Aside from recreation, backyard pools potentially increases the real estate value of your home. Undoubtedly, it brings a lot of benefits. However without the proper pool safety devices, it may also pose danger for the members of your family especially the kids.
The importance of pool safety devices cannot be underestimated. These devices make backyard pools a safer place by keeping the children away from untoward accidents, especially when there’s no one around to look over them. There is a wide range of pool safety devices and to help you decide on what to use, this article presents a list of options that you must check out.
Pool fences are useful for moments when you are absent and the kids are at play in the backyard. By far, it is the most effective safety device for your backyard pool and has already saved the lives of many, ever since.
The standard is a 4 feet tall fence enclosing all points of entry to the swimming pool. The minimum requirement should have self-closing and latching gate that are out of children’s reach.
- Guarantees pool safety
- Affordable installation and materials
- Requires storage space when not in use
- Might not blend well with the pool design
- Obstructs pool view
2. Pool Alarms
Aside from fences, another important pool safety device is the pool alarm. This keeps you at ease whenever the kids are out to play. Relying on powerful detectors, it automatically alerts you if someone is near or on the pool. There are several types of pool alarms. Some of them are these:
A. Underwater Motion Alarms
This type of pool safety device uses a sonar grid that’s placed beneath the water surface which detects a body at least 15 pounds that dips in the water. There is least possibility of having false alarm due to wind movement, or twigs, leaves and other items that may fall into the pool.
This type of pool alarm uses a sonar grid that’s placed beneath the water surface and detects a body (at least 15 pounds) that dips in the water. The possibility of having false alarm due to wind movement, or twigs, leaves and other items that may fall into the pool is minimal.
- The system is fully automatic
- Low false-alarm rate
- You have to take it out of the pool or switch it to sleep before you use the pool
B. Personal Immersion Detector
This alarm typically matches with a base alarm unit. Personal immersion detector is a wearable device that you can put onto your child. It sounds the alarm the moment the wearer comes into contact with the pool.
- You can target a specific member of the family that needs to be overseen when near the pool.
- Also useful to protect pets from drowning.
- Has to be worn for the alarm to work.If the child manages to unbound the wearable, no alarm will be detected.
- Only good as a second layer of safety not as a primary pool safety device
C. Floating Motion Sensors
This pool safety device has a sensitive sensor that measures waves & the displaced water. It signals an alarm when surface water is disturbed. Like the floating motion sensor, this is best matched with base alarm units.
- Relatively cheap
- Can be used for any type of residential pool
- Reliable and effective
- Can signal false alarm e.g due to strong winds
- Good as secondary pool safety device, not as primary
3. Pool Covers and Net
A. Pool Covers
Pool covers are typically plastic sheets that cover the top surface of the pool, deterring anyone or anything from taking a dip. Aside from being a good pool safety device, it is also used to keep the pool water warm and clean.
- Easy to setup
- Aside from protecting the family from drowns, it keeps the pool warm and clean
- Consumes space when not in use
- Impractical for pools with free-form or irregular shapes
- Quite expensive
- May rip or break when someone falls on it.
B. Pool Nets
When you can’t splurge for an automatic pool cover, you may opt for pool nets that works much the same way as pool covers do. It is a woven material that covers the surface of the pool with holes small enough to keep toddlers from slipping through.
- Cheaper than pool cover
- Light and easy to use
- May keep the pool clean
- Does not keep the pool warm, unlike covers
- Pets and persons can get tangled in the woven net which may aggravate the case of drowning
4. Pool Safety Rope
Even swimmers need attention and help while on the pool, especially when fatigue, distress or muscle cramps strike. In these instances, they need something to hold on to keep them afloat. A poolside rope is an effective and cheap rescuer device for such situations. You can also use the rope only when emergency situation arrives.
- Cheap and easy to use
- Effective rescuer for swimmers
- Useless to restrict children access to the pool
- Not as effective rescuer for drowning non-swimmer
5. Anti-Entrapment Equipment
Drowning may also happen due to suction entrapment or when a person’s limb or hair gets stuck on the suction of the pool. This can be prevented with the use of Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS). This pool safety device works by automatically providing vacuum release when the suction is blocked. It can free anyone trapped by the suction.
- Reliable and works automatically
- Can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars
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