There are many factors that go into swimming related accidents and deaths. Some of these are surprising, and most can be prevented with using some common sense. The number one key is to be proactive about your safety.
Lack of swimming ability: Many children and adults report that they simply have never learned to swim. This is one of the biggest factors in these incidents, especially for children 4 years and younger that have not become old enough for swimming lessons. Everyone should learn to swim, younger the better. Not only for fun and recreation but also because this is a very important lifesaving skill.
Failure to wear proper life jackets and protective equipment: In almost all accidents involving drowning, the victim was not wearing proper safety equipment. For anyone that doesn’t know how to swim or anyone on a boat or in open water, life jackets should be worn.
Lack of supervision: As already stated, in busy public areas lifeguards simply do not have the capacity to watch everyone at once. The first step is prevention, you need to be just as aware of where your children are as the lifeguard. Especially at home in your backyard, do not leave children unattended. Accidents happen when you least expect it.
Lack of barriers: While many States have laws that require barriers around backyard pools, not all States have passed such laws. Statistics show that many home related drowning incidents occur when the parents are unaware the children are in the pool. For children 4 years and younger that make up a huge portion of youth drowning cases, open pools lead to accidental falls into the pool when there is no one around.
Alcohol: With alcohol normally comes bad decisions. For adults in drowning cases, many times there is alcohol involved. This just leads to poor judgment, and decreased perception of what is dangerous. Especially in backyard pool and boating accidents, alcohol has played a big part over the years. Be careful and use good judgment.
How Does a Pool Alarm Work?
For the most part, swimming pool alarm systems detect movement in the water. When the device is activated due to a change in water movement, the alarm sounds. The fact that there are many different types of swimming pool safety alarms available nowadays means you have choices. You can choose from alarms that attach to pool gates, surface sensor alarms, sub-surface sensor alarms, and even wristband alarms.
Each type of alarm provides the same result – a loud alarm that alerts parents when a certain change occurs in a swimming pool, like falling in. Ready to learn what today’s best swimming pool alarm reviews are, so you can choose the best one for you?
Consider adding a camera or two!
There are numerous options with cameras that allow you to get notifications via text for any object entering the camera’s view.
- What is the law in CT?
Public Act No 99-140 states that every pool shall have an audible pool alarm which emits a sound of at least 50 decibels when a person or an object weighing 15lbs or more enters the water.
- Can this be connected to my existing alarm system?
- Does SoundWorks install pool alarms?
Yes, please call us at (860)496-7041 or email email@example.com
Channel 3 Eyewitness News Hartford CT: Here is a video and article about pool safety and how pool hopping can be a problem! A behind-the-scenes look as dispatchers monitor city pools!