Summertime in Connecticut is known for its hot and humid days and nothing breaks the heat like a swim in a pool.
But is your pool as safe as it could be – safe enough to prevent injuries or drownings?
Did you know that cool new technology is available that can help keep your family and friends safer around your pool?
New Gadgets for Pool Safety:
- Personal Immersion Detectors: These devices are worn on the wrist like a bracelet and trigger an alarm at one or more “base stations” when they come in contact with water. They need to be removed before swimming intentionally and obviously they are of no help if a child not wearing the bracelet falls into the water.
- Surface Motion Alarms: These devices are popular with pool owners because they are uncomplicated and relatively inexpensive. Their weakness – wind can activate the alarm feature.
- Underwater motion detectors: These devices emit a sonar signal that can detect even the smallest body entering the water and they are unaffected by wind. They can be installed in new and existing pools.
- Infrared motion detectors: These devices come in two forms – fence mounted and pool-side mounted. The fence mounted version emits infrared signals that sound an alarm when the pool area has been breached – giving pool owners ample time to react. The pool-side mounted version sounds an alarm when there is a breach at water level – helpful but also giving pool owners less time to react when someone enters the pool.
Vigilance and supervision are still the best ways to avoid accidents, but here are some additional steps one can take to improve pool safety…
Improving Pool Safety:
- Install a fence that is at least four feet tall around the entire perimeter of the pool.
- If possible – install a rigid, weight-bearing power safety cover for the pool and make sure cover controls are out of the reach of children.
- Make sure any fence completely separates the pool from your house.
- The fence should have a gate that is self-closing and reliably self-latching. Make sure all latches are completely out of the reach of small children.
- The door to the pool should have an alarm that sounds when the gate is opened and that can be heard from any room of your house.
If you or a loved one are ever the victim of a public or private pool accident caused by unsafe conditions or careless supervision, call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help to ensure that your rights are protected.
RisCassi & Davis has handled many pool accident cases over our almost 60 years serving the people of Connecticut.
The consultation is free and there is no obligation of any kind. And – there is no fee or other costs unless we are successful on your behalf.