Swimming Pool AlarmsSummer is almost here, and swim season is about to start. One of the most important things pool owners must do is protect children from accidental drowning. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths for kids 14 and younger. It’s important to make sure that unsupervised children do not have access to your swimming pool. In many local jurisdictions, newly constructed in ground pools are required to have a locked gate and fence to keep unsupervised children from entering the pool area. In many instances, a gate alarm and swimming pool alarm are also required.

If you already have alarms in place, make sure you replace the battery at the beginning of the season and be sure you test your alarms. To test your pool alarm, tie two 1 gallon jugs filled with water together. Attach a rope to the jug to make retrieving the jugs easier. Drop the jug at different points of the pool and see if your pool alarm goes off. You may need to recalibrate your pool alarm if the alarm does not. Please note, it may take up to 10 seconds for an alarm to sound depending on how far away the alarm is from the entry point (Note: This is why larger pools may require more than 1 alarm).

If you do not already have alarms installed on your pool, we highly recommend installing them before the swim season starts. Two alarms that have shown to be very effective are the PoolGuard PGRM-2 and the Aquagurad Pool Alarm System. These 2 alarms have been tested and recommended by Good Housekeeping. Always remember, alarms are the 2nd line of defense in preventing accidental drowning’s and that proper adult supervision is always best.

Have a fun and safe summer!