Why pool safety is all about layers of protection
If you own a home pool and you’re concerned about pool safety, here are three facts that you need to know. Fact 1; There are about 10 million swimming pools in the United States. Fact 2; There are over 250 million automobiles in the United States. Fact 3; More children age 1 to 4 years of age die in swimming pools every year than in car accidents.
Now, if you’re scratching your head trying to figure out how this could be possible, we have a simple answer for you; layers. More specifically, layers of protection, which refers to the number of protective devices and systems that are used to make sure your child stays safe.
You see, in an automobile, there are many different layers of protection that keep your infant, toddler, or child safe. First, there are speed-limit laws that keep roads safer, as well as deep infrastructure and regulation that includes street signs, street lights, and much more. On the cars themselves, we have ABS brakes to help drivers avoid accidents. Then there are crumple-zones that absorb the impact of an accident and safety-glass that shatters into small, harmless pieces. Reverse-cameras are on most cars these days also. Inside the car are seat-belts, of course, but there are also airbags (for children over 13). We also have laws that demand all small children must sit in the back seat in special child seats.
In short, since cars were invented in 1885 we’ve slowly but surely created multiple layers of protection to make sure your child is very safe when you’re out on the road. Indeed, mandatory federal and international standards are in place around the globe, ensuring that both children and adults are safe when driving through the use of many different layers of protection.
Now let’s juxtapose this reality with the reality of swimming pool safety. Controlled by local authorities, not federal, pool safety is decentralized and has inconsistent standards and requirements. In most states, only one or two layers of safety are required and those layers are usually fences, gates, pool covers, and pool alarms, technologies that were invented in the 1960s and 1970s. Surprisingly, in many locations, there are no minimum safety precautions in place whatsoever.
Some people like to tout pool alarms as being “better” technology, but pool alarms (while better than nothing) have many downsides. First, they depend on human interaction to turn them on and turn them off every single time they are used. Also, when the pool is being used, they need to be deactivated, negating any safety layer that they provide. Pool safety wristbands are similar. They need to be turned off when the pool is being used, which leaves the safety layer to the parent watching their child or children swim, which has proven over the years to be insufficient. The fact is, no one can pay attention 100% of the time. Again, once a pool alarm or a wristband is deactivated, it becomes useless and safety falls on the shoulders of the parents.
Let’s compare cars to pools one last time; in cars, there are multiple safety layers surrounding your car whenever you drive, including street signs, speed limits, traffic lights, and so forth. There are also multiple safety layers inside the car itself. like the ABS brakes, seatbelts and child seats. If the outside safely layers fail, the inside safety layers are still there to protect your child.
In a pool, there can be outside safety layers (but not always). Fences, pool covers, alarms, and wristbands all protect your child by keeping them out of the pool. If these outside safety layers fail, however, there are no inside layers at all to protect your child. It would be as if you had taken the seatbelts, ABS brakes, child seats, and airbags out of your car. You would have to rely on every person, including yourself, to drive 100% perfectly every time you were on the road, following all laws and never, ever getting in an accident.
That’s why we invented the Coral Manta 3000.
The Coral Manta 3000 provides a layer of safety inside your pool that never existed before. It works 24/7, never needs to be turned on or off, and uses an AI-based system that detects and alerts you if drowning is in progress. It’s 21st-century technology that never sleeps, nods off, takes a break, or needs to be activated.
Like we said at the outset of this article, it’s all about layers of protection. The more layers the better protected your children, your family and your friends will be. More layers of protection also mean less risk that you will ever have a life-shattering drowning in your home pool.
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