Who might need a pool alarm?
You need a pool alarm if you are plagued by any of the following concerns.
- Securing children’s safety: Having a pool alarm will alert you whenever a child tries to enter the pool. You will be able to give them adequate supervision and protect them from drowning accidents. Children can try to enter the pool without informing adults, which is why pool alarms are so important. Near-drowning accidents in residential pools are very common in the United States.
The WHO reports that about 370,000 deaths occur every year due to accidental drowning all over the globe. Children are at high risk. A pool alarm will also keep other children from your neighborhood entering the pool without any supervision. If you are alerted, you can take the required measures.
- Protecting pets: Most pets are unable to fend for themselves if they fall into a pool by accident. Installing a pool alarm will help you track your pet’s movements. If you find out that they are moving about in the swimming pool area, you can protect them. Pets who are stuck in the water for a long time and do not know how to swim can drown accidentally. The alarm will allow you to rescue your pets without a second’s delay.
- Preventing unwanted intruders: It is also important that you keep your pool secure. Pool alarms will inform you when unwanted visitors enter the swimming pool area. You do not want to give swimming pool access to intruders as they can damage your pool.
Pool alarm types
There are different types of pool alarms to choose from, and your decision depends on what kind of results you are expecting. You should feel free to combine different types of alarms to ensure maximum security. They are mutually exclusive; they just serve different purposes.
These pool alarms are designed to float on the pool. They have advanced motion sensors that can detect the movement of the water. Whenever the alarm detects waves in the pool, it sets off. This means that if someone falls into the pool accidentally, the alarm will be reactivated due to the resulting waves. Floating models are easy to set up, and you should have no problem making adjustments to it. If you want to prevent false alarms every time a non-living object falls into the pool, you can simply adjust the maximum weight to set off the alarm.
You can set up these alarms by mounting them on the pool wall. These alarms are weather-resistant and will not suffer any damage because of the sunlight and the water. There are two different types of mounted pool alarms. Surface sensors alarms come with motion sensors, and they can detect waves. The alarms go off when something of substantial weight falls in the water and causes the water to move. The other variant of pool-mounted alarms includes sub-surface sensors that are set up below the water surface and identify even the slightest subsurface movements. They have pressure sensors and are triggered because of the pressure change due to motion waves. They are always submerged underwater, but the sound of the alarm can travel a long distance. These alarms are versatile in terms of usage.
Personal immersion detector
These detectors are perfect if your primary concern is keeping your children and pets safe. They are called personal immersion detectors because only certain individuals can trigger them. The protection is customized. The alarms come in the form of wristbands which can be worn by children. The bands can also be linked with a pet’s collar. They are connected to a base alarm unit that goes off whenever the wristband is submerged in water. The alarm sound automatic when the band is wet so that you can rush out and supervise your child or pet.
The bands usually come with sturdy locks so that children and pets are unable to take them off. These alarms will not do anything to protect your pool, but they will let you be in charge of your children’s safety.
Water hazard door or wall-mounted alarm
If you want to keep intruders from using your pool without your permission and prevent your children from entering the swimming pool area whenever they want, you can use a water hazard door or a wall-mounted alarm. They can be set up against the pool’s gate or the door that leads to the pool. They use magnetic sensors to alert you immediately when someone opens the gate. Some models have an adult bypass feature that you can use to enter the pool without setting off the alarm. These alarms resemble traditional alarms, and they will ensure that nobody can sneak into your premises without your knowledge. These alarms are usually compatible with sliding doors.
Electricity-testing pool alarm
Electricity-testing pool alarms have made their way into the mainstream market recently, and they are every bit worth the hype. In fact, these alarms can make all the difference between life and death, even for adults. These floating alarms monitor the waves to prevent ESD or Electrical Shock Drowning. They are designed to detect any stray electrical current in the water that could lead to electrocution. Electric waves in the water are dangerous. These alarms are usually not linked to an electrical system to lessen the risk further. Your family, friends, and pets will never fall prey to ESD.
Pool alarm features to consider
You should take the following pool alarm features into consideration when evaluating your favorite models.
The efficiency of pool alarms is largely dependent on its sensors. The sensitivity of the machine will determine how accurate the alarms will be. Most pool entry alarms use motion sensors that can detect the smallest movements in the water and the formation of waves. Underwater alarms, however, use pressure sensors that can identify the fluctuation in water pressure. Wall-mounted door alarms make use of magnetic sensors that sound off when someone opens the door. It can be frustrating if the pool alarm you choose sets off every time a leaf falls into the water. False alarms can cause unnecessary panic. So, most manufacturers are now including sensitivity level adjustment settings in their designs.
Most pool alarms are set by default to go off only when a weight of 15 to 20 pounds enters the water. If you want to be in control completely, choose a model that allows you to change the sensitivity based on your requirements.
The pool alarm should be able to produce a loud noise that you can hear from inside the house. On the other hand, it should not be so loud that your entire neighborhood becomes aware every time the alarm goes off. However, it is important to remember that a higher volume is always preferable to a lower volume. For the best of both worlds, go for a pool alarm that comes with adjustable volume controls.
Remote control availability and range
If you are using a pool alarm with multiple components, you have to ensure that all of them remain accessible. For example, personal immersion detectors are usually accompanied by a base that is to be kept somewhere where it can be heard when the alarm goes off. You do not need to keep the base in the immediate pool area, but make sure that it does not go out of the alarm’s range. If the alarm and the base are too far apart, it will break the system.
Some pool alarms come with the remote control feature, which means that you can connect them to your phone via an app. As a result, you will be notified whenever the alarm goes off, irrespective of your location. You can also use the app to make adjustments from a distance. If you would like to monitor your pool when you are away from home, the remote control is important.
If it’s battery-powered, and how long the battery will last
Find out the power source of the pool alarm. If it is powered by a battery, clarify its shelf life before buying as it might not allow for battery replacement.
Tips and tricks
- Use the alarm only after reading all the instructions. If you try to set up the pool alarm without reading the manual properly, you might end up damaging the machine.
- Make sure that all adults in the household learn how to use or bypass the alarm to lessen the number of false alarms.
- Always activate the pool alarm once you have completed your swimming session.
- Combine different pool alarms to fit all your requirements.