Drowning is a leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. Even older children can be at risk, especially if they are not properly supervised. That's why it's so important to take steps to keep children safe at pools.
- In the United States, an average of 10 children under the age of 5 drown in pools each day.
- Children between the ages of 5 and 14 account for about 20% of all drowning deaths in pools.
Many drownings are preventable. In many cases, drownings happen because children are not properly supervised.
Here are some general tips to help keep your children safe at pools:
- Always supervise children when they are in or around the pool. This means keeping them within arm's reach at all times.
- Install a fence around your pool. The fence should be at least 4 feet tall and have self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Teach children water safety skills. This includes how to swim, how to float, and how to call for help.
- Never leave children alone in the pool. Even if they are good swimmers, they can still get into trouble.
- Be aware of pool drains. Pool drains can trap children underwater, so it's important to keep them covered.
- Have a pool alarm installed. A pool alarm can help you detect if a child has fallen into the pool.
Active Pool Safety Monitoring Systems
Active pool safety monitoring systems use technology to detect potential hazards and alert parents or guardians. Some examples of active pool safety monitoring systems include:
- Pool alarms: Pool alarms detect when a child enters the pool and sound an alarm to alert parents or guardians.
- Pool cameras: Pool cameras can be used to monitor the pool area for potential hazards, such as children who are unsupervised or who have fallen into the pool.
- Pool sensors: Pool sensors can detect changes in water levels or temperature, which can indicate that a child has fallen into the pool.
Passive Pool Safety Systems
Passive pool safety systems do not use technology to detect potential hazards. Instead, they rely on physical barriers to prevent children from accessing the pool area. Some examples of passive pool safety systems include:
- Fences: Fences can be used to surround the pool area and prevent children from entering without permission.
- Self-closing and self-latching gates: Self-closing and self-latching gates can help to prevent children from accidentally opening pool gates and entering the pool area.
- Pool covers: Pool covers can be used to cover the pool when it is not in use, which can prevent children from falling into the pool.
Poolscout - Active Pool Safety Monitoring System
Their monitoring system uses a video camera with AI to detect children, pets and adults around or inside the pool and send alerts to your phone or electronic device if they are in distress. PoolScout is a great way to add an extra layer of safety to your pool. It's easy to install and use, and it can help you keep your children safe even when you're not around.
How PoolScout Works
The solution utilizes state-of-the-art AI and a smart monitoring system to keep a constant watch over your pool. It detects any unusual activity or potential danger, instantly alerting you through your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Whether it's an unattended child near the pool, falling into the pool or a pet wandering too close, PoolScout will notify you immediately, allowing you or supervising adult to take prompt action.
PoolScout Can Help Save Lives
PoolScout is not just another pool safety device. It's a comprehensive solution that combines cutting-edge technology with ease of use. In fact, PoolScout has been proven to help save lives. In one study, PoolScout was credited with preventing 10 drownings in just one year.
To learn more about PoolScout and how it can enhance your pool safety measures, check out our PoolScout Camera Safety Kit product.
Which Type of Pool Safety System is Right for You?
The best type of pool safety system for you will depend on your individual needs and circumstances. If you are looking for a system that will provide you with peace of mind, an active pool safety monitoring system may be a good option. However, if you are on a budget or if you do not want to rely on technology, a passive pool safety system may be a better choice.
It is important to note that no pool safety system is 100% foolproof. However, by using a combination of active and passive pool safety systems, you can help to reduce the risk of drowning and keep your children safe.