The 8 Best Pool Alarms to Keep Your Children Safe


Pool safety is something that every pool owner is concerned with, especially if you have a family.  While having a pool is a lot of fun, it is also a lot of responsibility and you may be thinking of getting a pool alarm.

Drowning is one of the top causes of death for children under 14, accounting for more than 700 deaths.  Pool safety may literally mean the difference between life and death.

The good news is those pool accidents are, for the most part, entirely preventable.  You can choose a number of ways to head off accidents before they become tragedies.

Having a pool alarm is one way that you can keep your family safe. Of course, there are so many to choose from, so it can be hard to choose.

In this article, we will cover:

  1. What is a pool alarm?
  2. How do pool alarms work?
  3. The benefits of a pool alarm
  4. Top five pool alarms

What is a Pool Alarm?

There are four basic types of pool alarms that you can choose from.  There are ones that are located on the windows or doors leading to your pool, on the pool’s surface, submerged in your pool, or on a person’s wrist.

They all basically work the same in the sense that each one will sound an alarm when triggered so that you know that your pool is being used.

Threshold alarms are installed on a window or sliding glass door, anywhere where someone may gain access to your pool.  They will sound an alarm if someone enters into that area while the alarm is set.

Surface sensors are placed into your inground or above ground pool.  When someone enters the pool and creates ripples, the alarm senses that disturbance and goes off.

Subsurface sensors are installed permanently.  The sensing arm extends down into the pool and is constantly looking for water disturbances or changes in the water pressure.

Wristband alarms are just that – alarms that are worn by a person or a pet.  They will sound an alarm when they get wet and are perfect for small children, pets or older ones with such conditions as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Benefits of a Pool Alarm

There are so many benefits to a pool alarm.  Here are just some of them:

  • Prevents your children from drowning – children are quick and can break away when you turn your head just for a moment.
  • Protects other neighborhood children – even if you have a safety fence, neighborhood children can find their way over to your pool.
  • It can be installed without modifying the pool or landscaping.
  • Dogs and cats are just as susceptible to being in danger – they will be protected too with a pool alarm.
  • Texas law requires if the wall of the house is part of the pool’s barrier, all doors that permit access to the pool must have an alarm that sounds when the door is opened. If there is an alarm bypass, it must be high enough that children cannot reach it.
  • You can have peace of mind, knowing you have added one more layer of protection.

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Top 8 Pool Alarms

Below are our picks for the best pool alarms, with a wide range from each of the categories listed above.

1. Lifebuoy Pool Alarm System

This is our #1 overall pick.  This innovate company keeps coming up with new things and this alarm really does it all!

This alarm detects entry into your pool area and detects movement inside of your pool.  You can either control it from your home or your Smartphone.

It also has a really clever feature.  When you are out of the pool area for more than ten minutes, the alarm will automatically re-activate.

This is also one of the few alarms that will sound an alarm if the pool cover is removed.  It’s a bit pricier than others on this list, but you are certainly getting your money’s worth.

Price: $283

What Users Say: “The deciding factor to purchase the Lifebuoy pool security alarm was it didn’t require you to drill into your pool. Once I received it I knew I made the right decision. The Lifebuoy is amazing, only surpassed by Lifebuoy’s Customer Service. They are immediately available to guide you with the setup and answer any questions you may have. The alarm is very loud and the app keeps you informed of any activity. You can even take the Lifebuoy with you on vacation. My recommendation is …… JUST GET IT!!!!”

2. Safety Turtle 2.0 Child Immersion Alarm Kit

This child immersion water alarm kit is perfect for anyone with small children.  The alarm is shaped like a turtle so your child will want to wear this fun safety device!

When the wristband comes in contact with water, it sounds the alarm from the base unit.  Reviewers note that it is easy to use and setup and has a range of about 200 feet.

This is also great for more than one child – multiple wristbands can be programmed to each base so you can have one for each child!  It is also easy to transport so you can use it at your pool, or at a friends!

Price: ~$165

What Users Say:

“So far it works great! I purchased in the beginning of the summer bc I have a 15 month old and a pool that is right off the house deck with a 4 year old who tends to leave the deck open. My toddler doesn’t mind wearing it. The alarm is loud in the house and does go off every time he gets it wet at all. I love the piece of mind that there’s an additional protection w the pool.”

3.Blue Wave Poolwatch Alarm System

This alarm attaches to the pool deck and submerges partially into your water.It meets high safety standards and is NSF certified.

Once it is installed, it will sound an alarm whenever an object weighing over 18 pounds enters the pool.  This means that you won’t have false alarms because of something like the wind, but you may want to consider another model if you have a small dog.

It comes with a receiver with a 100-foot wireless range so you will be able to receive the alarm in the home as well. It is easy to install and use.

Price: ~$200

What Users Say: This has been great. Very loud alarm. Unless a strong hard storm it doesn’t go off unless something goes in that is big enough to set it off.”

4. Techko S187D Safe Pool Alarm

This alarm is meant to guard any door, window, or gate that will allow someone to access your pool.  It sounds a loud alarm – 110 dB – if the system is bypassed.

These guys have thought of everything when it comes to this alarm – it has a clever feature that allows you to set the alarm but still have a sliding glass door open to let air in.

It is a top-notch product and is ETL and UL 2017 standards approved.   Of course, since it is outside it is weather-resistant and waterproof.

There’s also a bypass feature so that the alarm will not go off when you are actually using your pool.

Price: $41.15

What Users Say:

5. Poolguard GAPT-2 Outdoor Pool Gate Alarm

This one is specifically great if you want to attach your alarm to a pool gate. Some others will work better on doors and windows but are difficult on gates.

It is nice and loud (85 dB) so you will definitely be able to hear it if it goes off.  As well, it is easy to install, has a durable battery and comes with a one-year warranty

Price: ~$100

What Users Say:

There are many reasons to buy a pool alarm, including wanting a safe swimming experience for you and your family.  We hope that these recommendations will be helpful to you if you choose to purchase a pool alarm.

One reason that many people choose to buy a pool alarm is peace of mind.  We would be happy to discuss any of your pool needs with you so that you can enjoy your pool safely and happily.

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