POOL ALARM STUDY
JUNE 12, 2000
enjoy home swimming pools this summer, it is critical to remember the
deadly hazards a pool can pose and take every precaution against the
tragic possibility of a child drowning. Increasing numbers of pool owners
now add pool alarms to the layers of protection that can help prevent
a deadly accident. These alarms are designed to sound a warning if a
child falls into the water.
The U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently studied the performance of
three types of pool alarm systems: floating alarms that detect waves
on the surface, underwater alarms that detect waves under the surface,
and a wristband alarm to be worn by the child and sound when exposed
to water. Results of the study, announced May 26, show that underwater
alarms were most reliable.
utilize underwater sensors were also shown to alarm more consistently
and were less likely to false alarm. Unlike surface alarms, they can
be used in conjunction with pool solar covers. Although the wristband
alarm performed well in the study, caregivers must remember to put it
on the child and always be concerned that the child has not somehow
removed or disabled the wristband. Another problem is that it will alarm
when exposed to any source of water, such as tap water.
Poolguard underwater alarm was cited at the top of the CPSC list.
Ann Brown, Director of CPSC, which performed the pool alarm test, called
it "an especially good one." Totally designed and manufactured in the
United States, Poolguard has been featured in special reports by:
their best to watch their children, but a child can get in trouble very
quickly. Parents must use layers of protection to safeguard their pool,"
said Merle Stoner, President of Poolguard. Importantly, the Poolguard
system comes equipped with a remote receiver that sounds in the house
as well as at the pool. Poolguard's in-ground pool model is totally
portable and can be installed by simply placing it on the side of the
pool. It comes with a 3-year warranty and toll free customer hot line.
Poolguard, the nations largest manufacturer of safety alarms for pools,
also manufacturers an above-ground pool underwater alarm system, an
UL approved door alarm for doors leading to a pool, and gate alarms.
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