You want to enjoy your pool AND have peace of mind about it, right?  When you can’t be there to watch your pool, you want to know that kids and pets are all safe. With the added pro­tec­tion of a swim­ming pool alarm, you can rest a whole lot eas­ier. But there are a num­ber of pool alarms on the mar­ket, rang­ing in prices from less than $50 to $500 and up. So we want to walk you through the options.

 

Make sure kids are safe around your swimming pool. Install a pool alarm.

Make sure kids are safe around your swim­ming pool. Install a pool alarm

 

First, here’s how pool alarms work:

While they vary in whether they mea­sure sur­face water or under water, the basic premise is that they alert you when the water has been unex­pect­edly dis­turbed. Sur­face water alarms mount on the pool deck and are trig­gered by waves when a human or ani­mal fall into the water.  Sub­sur­face alarms have sen­sors below the sur­face and are trig­gered by a change in pres­sure.  A third type con­sists of a bracelet and a sub­sta­tion.  Your child or pet wears the bracelet and the alarm is trig­gered when it is sub­merged in water.

Pros and cons of each type:

The bracelet ver­sion is the least expen­sive option, but only works while the child or pet is wear­ing it. So it offers no pro­tec­tion to a child r pet who just hap­pens to roam into your pool area. And the bracelet must be taken off before they swim inten­tion­ally or it will sound.  The best way to uti­lize it is to have two base sta­tions, one at the pool and one in the home, which also makes it more expen­sive. On the pos­i­tive side, the bracelet ver­sion works well in sit­u­a­tions where another type of unit can­not be installed, such as ponds or lakes. Con­clu­sion – it is most suit­able as a sup­ple­ment to higher end pool alarms.

Do your­self a favor and pur­chase a higher end pool alarm. Make sure your pack­age includes the following.

  • An indi­ca­tor light so that you can eas­ily see if the alarm is on.
  • Auto­matic reac­ti­va­tion that kicks on when the water has calmed down after swimming.
  • A design that does not allow it to be eas­ily bypassed.  Some of the less expen­sive units can sim­ply be taken out of the water, mak­ing it easy for a child to bypass the sys­tem with­out your knowledge.
  • Avoid an alarm that must be turned off com­pletely in order for swim­mers to be able to use the pool.  This just opens up too much chance for error or bypassing.
  • Sen­si­tiv­ity fac­tors.  The unit needs to be sen­si­tive enough to detect a small child or pet falling in the pool and yet not so sen­si­tive that it sounds every time there is a healthy breeze.  Less expen­sive mod­els can fail to sound when set at the low­est sen­si­tiv­ity settings.

Good House­keep­ing has tested var­i­ous mod­els and offers a help­ful report at the fol­low­ing link: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/home-products/pool-alarm-gate-reviews/best-pool-alarm-gate

As always, if you have any ques­tions about this or any other pool acces­sory, give us a call. We love to help pool own­ers find that peace of mind.

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