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OF ENTRAPMENT There has been a well publicised concern

about the risks of entrapment from any of the suction fittings on a swimming pool or spa. Standards in the UK were updated about ten years ago and they highlighted the risks and set out a new requirement to install a ‘dual – deep suction system’ (main drain) on all new swimming pools and spas. Most within the industry would have assumed that by adopting this ‘dual drain’ system, the risk of entrapment would have been totally resolved on the basis that if one drain was covered then the other would take priority, but if a main drain

doesn’t need to come at the cost of beauty. The French manufacturer’s RollEnergy, RollOver and Rollin/Roll Kits, deliver style and security: each can be supplied with a special locking system which has been developed to improve safety when the pool is unattended. The RollOver offers further protection... and style. Its end stands and roller are covered by decking (white PVC or IPE wood) that is strong enough to sit on. When retracted, the cover is neatly concealed as a bench seat. Mechanically, DEL covers benefit from reliable, efficient motors and controllers with inbuilt damage protection technology. All materials used in the covers have been chosen for the durability of their construction and of their looks.

All of the in-ground pool covers mentioned can be retro-fitted, apart from Rollin/RollKit, so there is an opportunity to do further business with your existing pool customers.


Fencing is now becoming a regular safety feature around swimming pools, but it does not need to be intrusive, Preedy Glass pool fencing provides a clear and sophisticated barrier. By using minimal bottom stainless steel anchor fittings and clear glass, a totally uninterrupted view is obtainable. If a more private view is required the glass can be fully or partly obscured either by sandblasting, acid etching or kiln forming or a combination of all three. To keep maintenance of the glass to a minimum, Preedy Glass can use a special coating which protects the glass from water marks and facilitates easier cleaning. Preedy Glass fencing also offers a secure way of eliminating the dangers of swimming pools from young children and pets. If combined with all glass gates with locks, a continuous unbroken line carries around the pool. Glass when installed correctly requires very little maintenance except the need for cleaning to keep the view.


(sump) lid was to become damaged, there is a small chance that suction entrapment could still occur.

Introduced to the UK market as far back as in 1996, the Vac- AlertTM

Safety Vacuum Release

System (SVRS) is a non-electrical self-monitoring, low-maintenance safety system that responds in milliseconds to an increase in pump suction vacuum that can be caused when someone is trapped. The Vac- Alert’s spring loaded piston reacts quickly – opening to atmosphere and releasing the life-threatening system suction. Once installed, it takes little or no

maintenance. Its non-corroding PVC and stainless steel construction ensure long life and superior performance.

installed in the pool. The sensor is connected to an alarm unit that triggers both an acoustic and visual alarm.

In passive mode the pool is still protected when not in use and the system instantly gives off an alert if someone not wearing a monitoring bracelet falls into the pool. BlueFox Pool Safety Systems are perfect for any indoor or outdoor pool of any size and finish and there is also a mobile option available that is ideal for swimming teachers and coaches who take classes at different pool locations.

So, with safety covers on the market from a wide range of manufacturers, attractive swimming pool fences, alarm systems and more all readily available (and we haven’t even touched on pool enclosures), there’s really no excuse for accidents to continue to happen.

The BlueFox Pool Safety System provides both active and passive protection in domestic and commercial pools

FAIRLOCKS’ ALARMINGLY INNOVATIVE POOL SAFETY SYSTEM Other pool alarms fall short of the level of unsurpassed safety technology provided with the BlueFox Pool Safety System now available exclusively through Fairlocks Pool Products. This is the only pool safety device that provides both active and passive protection in domestic and commercial pools.

The system will set off an alarm when certain conditions set by the pool owner/operator are identified through a monitoring bracelet worn in active mode by everyone using the pool. The system computer measures the depth and the time underwater by continually measuring the distance between the swimmer and the water surface. This distance can be set to between 5 – 125cm and if a swimmer goes below the programmed depth a stopwatch begins to count the seconds, which can be set to anywhere between 5 – 95 seconds. Immediately the pre- set interval expires the monitoring bracelet will send an ultrasonic signal to a receiving sensor


Certikin 01993 778855

Fairlocks 01865 988346

Golden Coast 01271 378100

Preedy Glass 020 7700 0377

Protect A Child 01258 863663

Safe Water Alarms 01227 365411

SPSC 0845 8620040


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