The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools,
serving the DC, Virginia & Maryland areas, talks pool safety technology
Swimming pool accidents and drowning deaths are too commonplace, prior to requirements for fences around the pool and locking gates, the incidences were higher. Today, a swimming pool cannot even be constructed without having pool fencing and other safety measures installed as part of the project. Local building and code officers require it as a part of the minimum level of security and inspections will be part of the entire project. Keep in mind that in some cases, curious children can still scale a fence if it isn’t properly constructed or if it’s left unlocked it is an accident waiting to happen.
The technological advances today have moved pool security well beyond chain link fences and into security of the highest order. Many pool owners are looking at the safety and security of their swimming pools in a whole different light. On the market today are security technologies that take pet and child safety into consideration.
In addition to the typical, required pool fence many pool owners incorporate other safety measures infrared motion detectors. There are also several types of pool alarms that are being installed in swimming pools – in fact some are required by municipal law. If you opt for an infrared motion detector, these devices sense when the light beam has been broken and sounds an alarm. These detectors offer myriad levels of sensitivity so you would want to experiment to get the correct setting. You don’t want your pool alarm going off if a leaf or a twig falls into the pool in the middle of the night. Ask your pool contractor from Town & Country Pools for advice and assistance on setting the alarm to sound when necessary, but not sound for leaves and twigs falling in!
Floating security devices, equipped with motion sensors are another option. These items are typically battery operated and sound an alarm when there is movement on the water. Again, with this type of motion sensor you will want to experiment until you get the setting that won’t go off when the pool jets begin circulating the water. You’ll want them to go off when there’s movement of several pounds or more that hit the water and disturb it to the point that the alarm goes off.
Motion activated cameras, that work on the same premise as the motion-activated alarms or infrared devices are also taking center stage in pool safety technology. The cameras can be programmed to sweep the pool area and constantly monitor the area or can be programmed to activate once motion is detected in the vicinity. These cameras are wired to a television monitor or computer in a central location in the home. They can also be equipped with an alarm that can sound when motion is detected as well.
It doesn’t matter how high tech or how many safety measures you have in your family pool, nothing equates to the supervision of a responsible adult.