Last Spring, the Shaked Law Firm published our first successful Summer Safety Guide to help parents and guardians get ready for summer with kids around the house! Following our highly regarded Summer Safety Guide the Shaked Law Firm continued to provide our readers with helpful tips and information necessary to keep the family safe in and around water leading up to the start of summer 2018. We discussed topics ranging from adequate CPR instruction, to social host liability in the event of an accidental drowning that occurs at a private residence. We also gave insight into proper supervision of minors and water safety tips to remember before hosting a party or gathering.
In May 2019, the Shaked Law Resource published Lack of Supervised Swimming Pools Cause High Number of Florida Drowning Accidents for our readers. Our most recent pool safety writeup set out to provide further information those responsible for the care and safety of minors need to know before diving into any planned summer activities. With our most recent article, we’ve succeeded in providing thorough, factual information to our audience.
- What are pool alarm systems?
- Why are alarm systems not a replacement for adult supervision?
- What other type of alarm systems are out there?
Today on the Law Resource, and throughout the summer, we’ll touch on other hot topics (for more reasons than just South Florida’s warm weather!). Today’s writeup concerns pool alarm systems. The Shaked Law Resource will offer a deep dive into this overlooked but extremely important part of staying safe this summer. Keep in mind that it’s always important in warm weather climates like Florida, where cooling down in the pool is essential, to utilize this information year-round to keep anyone gathering to swim at a residence safe.
What are pool alarm systems?
What many people don’t realize is that there are other uses for alarm systems in the home aside from keeping criminals out. A homeowner should familiarize themselves with the various types of alarm systems that can be installed to keep a home and its occupants as safe as possible, one of those systems is a pool alarm. While most people think “security” is keeping thieves off a residential property where family resides, there are other alarm systems that could save the life of a child, an elderly, or disabled person. These alarm systems are life saving when they’re installed in areas of the home prone to accidents; one of these areas is of course, a swimming pool, and it should have an alarm system to accompany it.
There are several different safety measures that homeowners should consider if they find themselves lucky enough to have a backyard swimming pool in beautiful South Florida, or anywhere else that boasts a warm weather climate year-round. These safety measures should be put in place prior to hosting any gatherings on the property where minors, the elderly, or the disabled will spend time.
One of these important safety measures is a pool alarm, also known as a pool sensor. A reputable pool alarm from a top-rated company such as PoolGuard can detect motion from up to 200-feet away. It can also alert the homeowner the second an individual steps foot in the pool, saving precious seconds needed to stop a drowning accident before it can occur. This feature is important, because young children become curious and wander off by no fault of their own, and that’s when tragedy is known to occur in the form of drowning accidents. Knowing the second a minor is within 200 feet of the swimming pool can give those in charge of their supervision time to get to them before they step foot in the water!
Why are alarm systems not a replacement for adult supervision?
Don’t mistake a pool alarm for a replacement adult, though. Adults should never leave children unsupervised near water, even if they have installed backup measures (fencing, pool alarms, drains with proper coverage) to “protect” the minors. This is because tragedy can happen in a matter of seconds, ending in a child turning blue and unable to be revived by first responders. Playing with the dog, answering a phone call, or talking to another adult while sitting around the pool is not considered supervision. Pool alarms are helpful tools to assist parents, but they cannot replace the job of a trustworthy set of eyes.
What other type of alarm systems are out there?
Another type of alarm system that’s available to homeowners is the patio door alarm. These alarm systems alert the homeowner when someone exits through the sliding glass doors; some even offer apps with built-in cameras for a visual of what the cause of the alarm sounding is. This level of security can be an invaluable tool for busy parents who may not see a minor slip away from one area of the home and into an extremely dangerous, unsupervised situation. Contrary to popular belief, parents don’t have “eyes behind their head”! Patio door alarm systems aren’t just for curious children, but can be just as invaluable to the safety of the elderly who may have a tendency to wander off due to Alzheimer’s or Dementia, posing a fall risk. Families with elderly relatives can attest to the panic they would feel if an ill grandparent became injured after mistakenly wandering off on their own while visiting.
It’s important to understand that these safety measures such as alarm systems and pool fences are not babysitter for minors. Pool alarms and patio door alarms do not replace the eyes, ears, and quick thinking of an adult responsible for the supervision of minors. Parents and social hosts who believe they can install these alarm systems, and then simply leave minors unattended near the swimming pool have higher rates of accidental drownings than those who know they must use the alarm system as a “helper” or a “tool” to provide extra safety, not replace the safety they provide by being present and alert.