10 people a day lose there lives to unintentional drownings in the U.S. In fact, it’s responsible for more deaths among children 1 and 4 than any other cause outside of birth defects according to the CDC. For kids up to age 14 years fatal drowning is only second to a car accident for unintentional deaths among children. Where do the majority of drowning incidences happen?
For kids under 5 years old, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says it is private pools owned by family, friends and relatives. Now there is something you can do to strengthen the safety of a pool.
1) PoolGuard Safety Buoy Above Ground pool alarm model PGRM-SB
This pool safety device may look like a floating traffic cone as the only NSF certified floating pool alarm. After you add a 9 volt battery, plug in an in-house remoter receiver to sound the alarm within your home, it could save a life. Its in alarm ready mode until you use the included orange key fob to put it into sleep. You keep track of the key fob and not the kids. It retails for $149.95. www.poolguard.com PoolGuard makes an in-ground pool version too.
2) Future Drowning Detection looks promising.
An innovative approach is in the works by Coral Drowning Detection, a smart camera operating underwater from the side of a pool designed to identify a “pre-drowning event” with realtime vision analysis. The goal is to have the system recognize normal and safe swimming and water activities, and distinguish a person in distress or not moving.
When a person, especially infant or small child falls into the pool, it sounds a wall alarm and notifications sound and instant alert on smartphones. While in concept today, inventor, Eyal Golan, says they are targeting next summer to reach the market with a target price at $800.