Features to Look For in a Pool Alarm

While pool alarms may come with many more features than are presented here, the following is a list of recommended features to look for when deciding on a pool alarm for your own backyard swimming pool:

  • Easy installation
  • Tamper proof
  • Includes a remote receiver with a range of up to 200 ft or more
  • Low battery indicator on alarm and on receiver
  • Recommended for the size and shape of your swimming pool
  • Able to detect an object as small as a 1 year old child, approximately 18 pounds
  • A loud and distinct alarm should sound within 20 seconds each time a child simulator is dropped into the pool.

Testing Your Pool Alarm

Once you decide which pool alarm is best for your backyard swimming pool, performing regular tests of the alarm’s effectiveness will ensure that your alarm continues to function properly over time.  The user’s manual for each type of pool alarm should provide instructions for conducting your own tests.

Pool Alarms are Not Enough

No pool alarm is fail-safe no matter how many technologies and features are included and no matter what claims are made by the manufacturer.  Pool alarms should be considered as one of many layers of protection in the effort to prevent children from drowning, along with protective barriers, door alarms, and safety pool covers.  The first and most important way to protect children from drowning accidents, though, is to provide close and constant supervision by a responsible adult.  A combination of safety measures is essential for creating a safe backyard environment for all of the children in your life.

About Trey Collier

Grew up as a Military Brat. (Thanks Dad. Hats off to my Mom too as it took a special person to be married to someone in the military) Was a competitive swimmer in high school and in college. 11 years a Red Cross Volunteer, teaching kids & adults how to swim. ARC Water Safety Instructor and WSI Trainer, CPR Instructor/Trainer and Advance First Aid Instructor. Proud Dad of two beautiful girls.

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