Unquestionably, there are certain safety features that add value to any inground pool. For pool buyers who are considering which features to add to their list when shopping for a pool, we’re happy to help get you started. In 2022, there will be a big emphasis on incorporating new technology.
There are more than a few smart safety features that will make your pool and spa a thoroughly more enjoyable experience while at the same time giving you peace of mind. Today, we’re going to discuss the 5 smartest pool safety features you can add to your pool that really add a lot of value.
#1 – Pool Safety Fence
Adding a fence around your pool can help you feel more secure. Installing a pool fence in your backyard might help keep your pool area private from neighbors. People who are self-conscious in their swimsuits or who simply don’t enjoy the idea of their neighbors being able to see them when they are in the water may find this helpful.
If you install a safety fence around your pool, you can have the added reassurance that the pool area in your backyard will be inaccessible without your permission. These added precautions are especially crucial if you have small children or pets that could easily fall into the swimming pool. Aside from being a useful safety feature, it is becoming mandatory throughout most regions of the country to install a pool safety fence.
According to your insurance policy, you may be eligible for a discount if you install a pool fence and may actually be required by your insurance company in some cases. Typically, a bolted gate is required for a pool fence to qualify.
Homeowners can choose from a wide range of fencing alternatives, including wrought iron bars, wood or vinyl panels, and mesh pool fences that are both durable, tough to climb, and semi-transparent, allowing you to have an unobstructed view of your pool while protecting your family.
#2 – Smart Fence & Pool Alarms
Another added level of safety and security is adding a smart pool alarm. Today’s pool monitoring systems are technologically sophisticated and act as a virtual water watcher that continuously scan the pool area for unauthorized entry as well as detect distress in early stages.
One of the best methods of securing the pool area these days incorporates the usage of smart IoT and AI. Folks are becoming increasingly used to using technology like Alexa and Siri, and forward-thinking homeowners are looking for similar devices that will keep their pool & spa secure.
Sai Reddy, Founder/CEO of CamerEye, one of the leading smart pool alarm monitoring systems based on Artificial Intelligence (AI); says “The need for a smarter pool fence is obvious. Quite often, homeowners have no idea when small children or pets are in the pool area.”
This statement holds true with the findings of a recent study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) which analyzed drownings in Arizona, California, and Florida among children under the age of four. Nearly 70 percent of the children were located in the pool despite the fact that they were not expected to be there. Of the incidents analyzed, 46 percent had last been seen inside the home.
“The ability to draw an invisible boundary line around the pool area, and have instant notification when a loved one is in distress is a water safety game-changer that will help mitigate these types of tragedies from occurring,” said Reddy.
Camereye Proximity Alert System
#3 – Pool Safety Covers
Inground pool safety covers can be fixed to the deck so that they can be put on and removed with ease. Rainwater may safely drain through the cover’s dense mesh fabric, while leaves and other debris are kept dry and simply blown away. In addition, they look great around the pool, and can easily last for over a decade. The value proposition of adding a safety cover pays for itself the very first year.
A durable pool safety cover is the best way to protect your family and your investment. (Photo Courtesy of Loop Loc)
Drowning is the second most common cause of death in children 1 to 4 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Residential swimming pools account for the vast majority of these instances. A lack of installing a barrier to prevent unsupervised entry to the pool is one of the major contributing factors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “most small children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at home.”
When there is no adult supervision, a pool safety cover is an effective tool for keeping children out of the water. Safety covers are composed of a heavy-duty mesh or vinyl and cover the entire pool. Some covers can support the weight of a small SUV.
#4 – Safety Ledges
Pool safety ledges are popular in homes with young children or inexperienced swimmers. A safety ledge is typically an 8-inch-wide region which extends from the shallow end all the way around to the deep end.
Pool Safety Ledge – Photo Credit: PoolWarehouse
A conventional swimming pool deep end typically has only one ladder. If someone is swimming on the opposite side of the deep end and and gets tired or is in distress, a pool safety ledge provides them a place to stand while safely catching their breath. If they need to, they can use the ledge to shimmy back to the shallow end.
#5 – Pool Lighting
Aside from being a wonderful way to extend your pool usage into the evening, pool lighting saves lives. One of the easiest ways to make your swimming pool safer is to make sure that you have effective lighting in your pool and spa. Lighting is sometimes overlooked when discussing safety-related products, yet it’s an important part of the mix.
Providing swimmers the ability to see where they’re going and how far they can swim or dive before they hit the walls and floor is essential. Being able to easily see into the pool to determine when a swimmer is in distress is an absolute must.