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There are many products that can be added to your backyard pool area when considering pool safety. Whether you are protecting your young children, older adults or even your pets, keeping your backyard up to date with the latest safety features is of the utmost importance. Here are a few products that you may want to consider:
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Gate alarms are mounted directly on your pools gate with two magnetic switches. These alarms, which are battery powered, activate when the gate is opened and the electrical field is broken. There is an override button that can be pressed by an adult to allow them to pass through without sounding the alarm. Gate alarms are designed for outdoor use, come in many different sizes, are inexpensive, and easy to install.
Door alarms are designed for swimming pools that include the house in some part of their entire perimeter. When the door is opened an audible alarm sounds. These alarms, which are turned on and off using a key or a keypad, are either battery powered or use the homes current. They are affordable; easy to install, and provide a warning if the door is opened. They are also useful in detecting intruders.
Wrist alarms are the latest in water safety. They may be used at the pool or even in a boat. These waterproof devices are key locked securely onto your child’s wrist and communicate via a base station. When the wrist alarm is immersed in water the station alarm is activated. Base units and wrist alarms are purchased separately, which means you may have numerous wrist alarms for one base station.
Suction entrapment can occur when a swimmer gets pulled down by the suction of a pool or hot tub drain. If this happens, the victim can get their hair, limbs, or other body parts trapped and pulled toward the drain. The enactment of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act resulted over concern in a rise in serious injuries and drowning deaths by being entrapped by the suction of swimming pool drains and spas. Tragically, the Act is named after the seven year-old granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, who died when she became entrapped by a hot tub drains suction.
A Safety Vacuum Release System, or SVRS for short, is an automatic suction force release system. When a drain becomes blocked, the SVRS provides a rapid vacuum release. This quickly frees anyone whose body or limb is trapped on the drain. An SVRS works whether or not there is a cover on the drain, and does not interfere with the pump function. Once installed, an SVRS requires little or no maintenance. It is recommended to have a pool professional install the SVRS.
A pool safety drain cover works to prevent the powerful suction of a pool drain from making a complete seal that could trap a person's body against the drain, or entangle hair, possibly resulting in drowning. Safety drains cover the main drain of a pool, which is the suction outlet at the bottom or side of a pool that conducts water to a recirculating pump. All pools are now required to be compliant with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and hot tub Safety Act, which became effective on December 19, 2008. The law is designed to improve child safety by requiring that all pools and spas have drain covers compliant with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American National Standards Institute. To meet the requirements of the new federal law, a main drain should now have a cover, a mounting frame, a sump (the small pit below the drain that receives drainage and channels it to the outlet pipe) and fasteners to make sure the drain cover is attached securely to the sump.
General Pool Safety Products
With the right swimming pool safety products, you can reduce the risks and dangers inherent to swimming pools and, at the same time, make your pool environment a more enjoyable place for everyone.
Swimming pool and hot tub hand rails and stair rails provide an extra protection against slipping on stairs and steps.
Pool signs and depth markers are also extremely important to have in the pool area. These pool depth markers can be applied to vinyl, ceramic tile and tempered glass overlays. Signs that should be in your pool area can include No Jumping, No Diving, Shallow Water and Slippery When Wet.
You should also have basic safety equipment available such as lifesaver rings and a Shepherds Crook.