Swimming Pool Alarm
If you are considering installing pool alarm for your child protection,
we strongly recommend that you also consider the Katchakid swimming pool safety
covers. The priorty of pool safety is to keep children out of the water.
A child already in the water activates the swimming pool alarm. It can take
3 - 5 minutes for irreversible brain damage to occur and from as little as 30
seconds for death.
A Good Katchakid
Swimming Pool Safety Net provides added protection for child water safety.
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Pool Alarm Research
On average each year, 350 children under the age of five years
drown in swimmin pools, with most deaths occuring in residential settings. Also
each year, on average, another 2,600 children under five years of age are treated
in hospital emergency rooms for near-drowning indicents in swimming pools. About
79 percent of these incidents occur at a home location. These numbers have remained
relative unchanged over the past several years.
During 1999 and early 2000, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) staff conducted a review of commercially available swimming pool alarm
systems designed to detect water disturbance or displacement. There are no voluntary
standards that define applicable performance requirements for disturbance or
displacement type products.
The CPSC staff evaluated four water disturbance alarms and a wristband.
Two fo the alarm systems used surface wave detection circuitry, while the other
twol detected subsurface disturbances. The fifth device was a wristband (to
be worn by a child) intended to alarm when exposed to water. All of the products
incorporated remote alarm receivers, some at an additional cost.
Test results showed that the subsurface pool alarms generally
performed better. They were more consistent in alarming and less likely to false
alarm than the surface alarms. When a test object, intended to simulate the
weight of a small chil, was pushed into the pool, the subsurface sensors detected
it most reliably. The subsurface alarms can also be used in conjunction with
solar covers, whereas the surface alarms cannot.
One surface alarm perfomed almost as well as the subsurface alarms.
The wristband alarmed when submerged in pool water or exposed to another water
source, such as tap water.
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