Every swimming pool should have a pool alarm to prevent to alert you to unwanted entry into the water. Pool Alarms save lives every year by sounding an alarm when a child or even a dog (or other medium sized pet) gets into your swimming pool. Think "safety first" and puchase a pool alarm for your inground or above ground pool.

Use multiple layers of protection to keep your family safe. In other words, you may wish to use both a door alarm, a pool gate alarm and a swimming pool safety alarm to reduce the risk of a child or pet entering the pool without supervision. Shop to view our wide selection of safety products and pool alarms. We offer gate and pool alarms by such well known manufacturers as MG International, RJE Technologies, Poolguard, Terrapin, and SmartPool.

Stay alert and stay safe. Never leave a child unattended while he or she is in or near water. Always check the pool or spa first if a child is missing. We encourage everyone to learn CPR and post a CPR sign near the swimming pool.

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Drowning Statistics
Following are just a few facts according to the CPSC 2013 Pool And Spa Submersion Report:
•  Seventy-six percent of reported fatalities involved children younger than 5 years of age.
• The overwhelming majority of the reported deaths and injuries happened in pools.
•  Eighty-five percent of fatalities of children less than 5 years of age occurred in residential locations.
•  Children between the ages of 12 and 35 months represented 64 percent of estimated injuries between 2008 and 2010.

 By practicing the following water safety steps, you can help prevent drownings in residential pools and spas:

General Swimming Pool Safety
• For above-ground pools, steps and ladders leading from the ground to the pool should be secured and locked, or removed when the pool is not in use.
• Never leave a child unattened in or near a pool. During social gatherings appoint a "designated watcher" to protect young children from pool accidents. Adults may take turns being the "watcher."
• If a child is missing, check the pool and spa first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom and surface, as well as the pool area.
• Do not consider young children to be drownproof because they have had swimming lessons. Children must be watched closely while swimming.
• Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
• Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Babysitters and other caretakers, such as grandparents and older siblings, should also know CPR.
• Keep rescue equipment by the pool. Be sure a telephone is poolside with emergency numbers posted nearby.
• Remove toys from in and around the pool when it is not in use. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
• Never prop open the gate to a pool barrier.

• Install a fence or other barrier, such as a wall, completely around the pool. If the house is part of the barrier, the doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with an alarm or the pool should have a power safety cover. 
• The fence or other barrier should be at least 4 feet high.  It should have no foot- or handholds that could help a young child to climb it.
• Vertical fence slats should be less than 4 inches apart to prevent a child from squeezing through. 
• If the fence is chain link, then no part of the diamond-shaped opening should be larger than 1-3/4 inches.
• Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching. The gate should be well maintained to close and latch easily. The latch should be out of a child's reach.
• When the release mechanism of the self-latching device is less than 54 inches from the bottom of the gate, the release mechanism for the gate should be at least 3 inches below the top of the gate on the side facing the pool. Placing the release mechanism at this height prevents a young child from reaching over the top of a gate and releasing the latch. Also, the gate and barrier should have no opening greater than 1/2 inch within 18 inches of the latch release mechanism. This prevents a young child from reaching through the gate and releasing the latch.
The weak link in the strongest and highest fence is a gate that fails to close and latch completely. For a gate to close completely every time, it must be in proper working order.

Affordable and easily installed alarms are available:
• If the house forms one side of the barrier, then doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with alarms that produce an audible sound when a door is unexpectedly opened.
• Install an alarm that can be temporarily turned off by an adult for a single opening of the door by using a keypad or switch that is out of a child's reach.
Battery and electrically powered alarms are available. The key pad switch can be used by adults who wish to pass through the door without setting off the alarm. It should be placed high on all doors leading from the house to the pool.

You will find a variety of polypropylene swimming pool safety covers that can literally be walked across. They are anchored to the deck or area surrounding the swimming pool and provide peace of mind, especially in the Fall and Winter months were they are typically being used. Also known an mesh safety covers, these pool barriers are usually removed for the swimming season, thereby removing the protection during this time. Swimming pool safety covers made from polypropylene are configures to fit the pool shape and come in either 5 foot or 3 foot strapping distance.

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