Pool products, such as pool and gate alarms, may help prevent drownings, but they are merely tools, nothing else, said Phoenix Fire division chief Bob Khan. These products should not be used in lieu of supervision, he said.
Check the products and their batteries continually to ensure they are working.
Pool motion alarms emit a piercing sound when someone falls into the pool, or when the pressure of the water changes or when movement in the water is sensed.
Motion sensor alarms have an infared beam that sound off when someone passes through the beam.
Gate alarms, similar to burglar alarms, sound an alert when someone enters the pool area. Make sure these are above the reach of the child.
Door and window alarms, similar to gate alarms, make a sound when the door or window is opened. Place these out of the reach of children.
Pool covers are designed primarily to keep debris out of the pool, but they can also be a safety device. As an alternative to door alarms, they should be able to withstand the weight of two adults and one child and meet other specifications, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Magnetic safety latches for doors are designed to prevent jarring, sticking and other mechanical resistance to door closings.
Removable pool fences are not designed to take the place of permanent barriers, but can be used by people who do not have children but want some barrier when children visit. There are a variety of types that are usually made of see-though mesh.
Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
By By Sue Doerfler
©Copyright 2002 Arizona Republic
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