This past Spring, the Shaked Law Firm published a highly 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. 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.
This week saw the Shaked Law Blog publish Part 1 and Part 2 of Unsupervised Swimming Pools Account for High Number of Drowning Accidents for our readers. Our new drowning accident-related series set out to provide further information those responsible for minors need to know before diving into their Summer activities, and succeeded in providing that factual information to our audience.
Today on the blog, we'll touch on a topic not discussed often enough when it comes to swim safety: alarm systems. The Shaked Law Blog will offer insight to this all too important safety concern and how our readers should act quickly to secure their homes before hosting gatherings this Summer. Remember, it's important in warm weather climates like Florida to utilize this information year-round to keep family as well as guests safe while enjoying a day in and around the pool.
Alarm systems: not just for home security
What many people don't realize is that there are other uses for alarm systems in the home. 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. While most people think "security" is keeping thieves off the property, there are other alarm systems that could save the life of a child, an elderly, or disabled person if installed in areas of the home where accidents are prone to occur. One of these areas is of course, the swimming pool.
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 as well as alert the homeowner the second an individual steps foot in the pool. This is an important feature because small children can and do wander off, and that's when tragedy strikes most often. Knowing the second a minor is within 200 feet of the swimming pool can give the adults in charge of their supervision time to get to them, fast!
However, don't mistake a pool alarm for a replacement adult. Adults should never leave children unsupervised near water, even if they have backup measures 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.
Another type of alarm system that's available to homeowners is a patio door alarm. These alarm systems alert the homeowner when someone exits through the sliding glass doors. This can be an invaluable tool for busy parents who may not see a minor slip away and into an extremely dangerous, unsupervised situation. This alarm system isn't just for children, but can be used for the elderly who may have a tendency to wander off due to Alzheimer's or Dementia. Families with elderly loved ones can attest to the panic they would feel if a beloved grandparent became injured after mistakenly wandering off on their own.
Alarm systems are not babysitters
It's important to understand that these proffered safety measures such as alarm systems are not babysitter for minors. Pool 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.