A new unique pool alarm system developed in Raleigh was made in hopes of preventing swimming pool injuries and death. The SEAL system helps notify adults supervising swimming children about immediate changes in a child's activity.
Drowning is one of the top causes of death among children, and kids who survive being submerged in water may suffer long-term brain injuries as a result of lack of oxygen. Plus, there are other dangers besides drowning for swimmers. The North Carolina bride who was pushed into a pool during her bachelorette party suffered paralysis as a result of a severe spinal injury. Swimming accidents happened not only in private and public pools and swimming areas around North Carolina last year (like Goldsboro's Busco Beach drownings), but also in the many lakes and rivers, as well as the ocean. The SEAL system includes a small arm band, non-obtrusive enough to allow kids to swim, dive, and enjoy typical acquatic activities. If there is a sudden change in their activity, an alarm sounds and notifies the supervising adult.
These pool injury prevention alarms are not widely available - yet. The Raleigh creator is seeking funding to support further development of the alarms and has already received over $400,000. There are other types of pool alarms currently available that homeowners can use to notify them if a toddler or small child has entered the pool area. In addition to pool alarms, here are other swimming safety tips from our North Carolina injury lawyers.