If you’re not by the pool, you probably won’t want anyone playing in the water. To keep your mind at ease, you can choose from pool gate alarms or water alarms that will tell you immediately if someone is near or in your pool. There are a ton of different types of pool alarms on the market, so check out the different models below.
Fence/Wall Mounted Pool Alarms
These swimming pool alarms are designed to run atop the perimeter of the wall or fence surrounding your pool. Using either infrared beams to detect movement or magnetic connections that set off an alarm when broken, you’ll know if someone is around your pool.
Pros: Normally, these fence-mounted pool alarms are a much cheaper alternative to the pool mounted devices. You’ll have more time to respond to an alarm too since these alerts will sound as soon as someone enters the pool area.
Cons: If you have agile kids or sneaky neighborhood children, they might be able to evade this type of alarm by jumping the fence.
Pool Mounted Infrared Detectors
These infrared systems are installed poolside and sound a high-decibel alarm when breached. They’re usually more expensive, but will tell you when someone is actually in the water.
Pros: Most models don’t sound unless an object heavier than 15 pounds enters the water. This means it won’t go off if a leaf drops into the pool and give you a scare for no reason. This can help keep your pets or other animals safer too since most critters will come in above this weight class.
Cons: Since these devices hang on the side of the pool, they offer a much narrower response time because of their closeness to the water surface. If your kid wanders in or falls in, you’ll have to act immediately.