Is the pool area safe? When the weath­er becomes too hot to han­dle, why not go for a dip in the pool with your fam­i­ly? Before you pick teams for the annu­al fam­i­ly Mar­co Polo tour­na­ment, ask your­self this: how safe is your pool area? The answer is prob­a­bly: not as safe as you want it to be. Bur­glars tend to be more active in the warmer months, and if they see you have a pool, they’ll assume you have valu­ables inside that are worth steal­ing. There are even some kooky thieves who’ll see your pool and want to go for a dive post-rob­bery. Luck­i­ly, secu­ri­ty sys­tem com­po­nents are avail­able to keep your fam­i­ly safe before, dur­ing and after they go for a swim.


Any good secu­ri­ty tech­ni­cian will tell you how effec­tive cam­eras are. Installing out­door video sur­veil­lance in your back­yard will help you mon­i­tor the pool and the area around it. Plus, you’ll know if your neigh­bour’s kids are sneak­ing in to use the pool when you’re away. Remem­ber that secu­ri­ty cam­eras are not a sub­sti­tute for a life­guard. If your young chil­dren are swim­ming, you should watch them direct­ly, not through a CCTV feed on your phone.

Self-lock­ing fences

Anoth­er excel­lent pool safe­ty mea­sure is installing a secu­ri­ty sys­tem with self-lock­ing fences. These fences are tall enough to keep your lit­tle ones out when you tell them it’s bed­time, not pool time. Self-lock­ing fences also keep intrud­ers out; as their name implies, they lock on their own, mak­ing secu­ri­ty a breeze.

Detec­tors and gate con­tacts

If the self-lock­ing fences aren’t enough, you can install water lev­el detec­tors and gate con­tacts. These are sen­sors that let you know if the water lev­el in the pool changes, which can help pre­vent flood­ing and dam­age. Plus, the gate con­tacts will inform you any­time the gates are opened and closed; this way, if some­one is try­ing to get into your pool, you’ll know. You can also install sen­sors near your pool cov­er so that you’ll receive a noti­fi­ca­tion if some­one tries to take it off to go for an unau­tho­rized swim.

Besides secu­ri­ty sys­tems, pool­side safe­ty involves rules. Explain to your chil­dren that they can’t dive or run near the pool in shal­low water. Keep the area clear of debris and keep life jack­ets and inflat­able safe­ty devices handy. To learn more, call us today.

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Allan Baum
Allan Baum founded Protection Plus with his wife Neseh in 1994. He has worked in the security industry since 1991. His educational background includes an MBA from York University ( when it was still York) and a B.A. from McGill. Allan and Neseh have three wonderful children who are now considered adults and an equally wonderful dog named Waub.