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POOL SAFETY SYSTEMS


Pool Safety Comes In Many Forms


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IT’S A SAD FACT BUT EVERY YEAR, SOMEONE SOMEWHERE WILL DROWN IN A POOL, SO NATURALLY SAFETY, BOTH IN AND AROUND POOLS IS A SUBJECT WHICH WILL ALWAYS FOCUS THE MINDS OF THOSE WORKING WITHIN THE INDUSTRY. IN LYON IN 2012, AROUND A THIRD OF ALL NEW PRODUCTS WERE SAFETY RELATED. WHILST BETTER EDUCATION FOR POOL USERS WILL HELP REDUCE POOL DROWNINGS, THE ANSWER STILL LIES FIRMLY IN PERSUADING OWNERS TO INVEST IN SOME OF THE MANY QUALITY SAFETY PRODUCTS THAT ARE ALREADY ON THE MARKET


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ith many websites and organisations available to provide advice on safety for everyone around pools and spas


it’s a harsh reminder that while swimming and playing in water is a wonderful way to keep fit and stay healthy, accidents can and do happen. Thought provoking words from Fire Captain, Brad Miller: “Many people believe that drowning only happens when parents are neglectful. You see it all the time. They just don’t want to think about it, if parents could just let denial go and realise it can happen to anyone, they would see how serious a threat the water is to their children.”


When asked if customers were cutting down on their spending, Paul McHugh of Safewater Alarms says: “An honest answer is that water safety has never been taken very seriously in the UK probably because, firstly the amount of swimming pools is far less than you would


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get say in the USA or Australia and secondly we have the attitude that it would not happen to my child as I am always vigilant. Ask any person whose child drowned and sadly it is the same answer ‘I only turned my back for a moment’. With the economic climate it is even harder for parents to try and justify spending money on a good pool alarm but a plasma TV, that’s an easier decision to make.” Paul goes on to say: “You get what you pay for in this day and age, there are some good systems on the market and there are some poor rip offs. Make sure it is tried and tested. Three of the alarms we sell were voted best alarms in Good Housekeeping and have a history of saving lives. A child alarm that also doubles up as an FM radio is a non-starter in my eyes and should never be on the market. Talk to the company selling the product, we know all our products and actively ask customers to call if they need a question answered on any of


our products. We don’t just sell, we promote safety.”


Bruce Coppuck of Certikin advises on the subject of product pitfalls: “I would say that the client needs to avoid any gimmicky safety products that don’t deliver. Also, nothing replaces basic common sense and good supervision.”


For commercial operators who have to provide a safe environment for the swimming public, with the technology available, you have to ask the question: Is it acceptable to still have drowning’s and near drowning’s in swimming pools and waterparks globally?


A person can start to drown in a split second, it is usually a silent occurrence bringing on shock quickly; these occurrences create a real challenge for lifeguards. To prevent death or lifelong injury it is vital a rescue is initiated within 30 seconds of becoming submerged, therefore lifeguards or responders have to


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By Andrea Hartshorne


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