There isn’t a parent in this world that isn’t at the same time grateful if they have access to a pool while also being terrified that their child may drown. According to the World Health Organisation the highest drowning rates are among children 1–4 years, followed by children 5–9 years. In the WHO Western Pacific Region children aged 5–14 years die more frequently from drowning than any other cause.
It’s imperative to supervise all children when they are in or near water. Home security systems can provide an additional layer of welcome and necessary supervision. The Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro, for example, now allows you to create Pool Alerts, which are based on custom detection zones defined by you. Pool Alerts let you know immediately if someone is near your pool. The alerts can also be used for any off-limits area within view of the camera, not just pools.
Read on for other reliable pool alarm options to help keep your family safe.
Best option if you have a gate around your pool: Poolguard GAPT-2 Pool Alarm
This alarm from Poolguard can be used on any gate, outside door or screen giving access to your pool. The alarm sounds in seven seconds if a child opens the gate, even if they close the gate.
Best mobile option: Lifebuoy Pool Alarm System
This above ground alarm is equipped with multiple sensors used to detect any movement in the pool area. Using their app you can control the alarm state, change the length of the alert in case of alarm or adjust the sensitivity of the alarm. It even has an alert to let you know when your pool cover is removed. It also works on inflatable pools, Jacuzzis etc – basically any body of water you might have in your home and, because it’s mobile, you can take the system with you.
Best wearable option: Safety Turtle 2.0 Pool Alarm Child Kit
This three-piece kit comes with a “Turtle” wristband for your child to wear, a base alarm for the house and a USB cord/wall adapter. Secure the Turtle to your child’s wrist, set the base within 200 feet of the pool and plug it in. When whoever is wearing the Turtle gets into water a loud alarm will sound.
Best surface option: Pool Patrol PA-30 Pool Alarm
Easy to turn on and off, this alarm detects surface movements meaning it’s perfect for above-ground or in-ground pools. Anytime your child gets into a pool and “disturbs” the surface the alarm will go off.
Best bang for your buck: Techko Safe Pool Alarm S187D
This alarm from Techko is designed to monitor a gate, door, window or other entryway to you pool area. It’s always in protective mode and will sound the instant a door, window or gate is opened and will continue until the bypass button is triggered.