At the beginning of the summer, the Consumer Safety Commission sounded the alarm about the most common protective device used in private pools. After submitting various alarms to numerous tests, the experts concluded that there was a general lack of efficiency, and five of these models will soon be withdrawn from the sale. Is your alarm reliable? To find out, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to discover the criteria to take into account.
Check the effectiveness of your alarm
If you are already the proud owner of an immersion alarm system, here are some simple but useful tips to ensure its reliability.
Start by looking on the packaging if your model complies with the standard NF 90-307 A2, imposed by the French legislation. As one is never better served than by oneself, some verifications are necessary.
Your alarm must have a sound power greater than one hundred decibels at one meter from the plant. We advise you to trigger it and to make sure that it gets along well.
It must be designed so that it can not be switched on or off by a child.
The alarm must be equipped with a prevention device in the event of a fault (technical problem, wear of the bins).
The audible signal must not be triggered at the slightest gust of wind.
From six kilos, the falls must sound the alarm. You can also perform this test yourself by throwing, for example, a can of this capacity, filled with water (six liters, therefore).
A good alarm should be as easy to use as it is to install and its instructions should be easy to understand. It must also start automatically after a certain period of inactivity and remain attached to the edge of the pool.
Alarms on the hot seat.
To carry out their investigation, the experts of the CSC put to the test six models, widely represented on the French market. There are still many alarms to test that are not on this list.
The tests carried out on each of the tested products relate to the study of the instructions, the requirements relating to the secured controls (activation and deactivation) and of the feeding, the immersion of a test tube of 6 kg in four successive points without constraint, and immersion of an 8 kg test tube at 4 successive points in the presence of a robot, filtration and wind, nuisance tripping, resistance to mechanical stresses (in case of impact and load up to 80 kg), and the sound level of the siren provided in the article (it must be greater than 100 dBA at one meter and must not exceed 115 dBC). As you will have noticed, the results are far from conclusive, except for the ESPIO.
Boxed table: test results:
|Criteria of the tests||Espio||Det10||POOLGUARD||Alpool||Aqua-Sencor||Securipool|
|Fall 6 kg||C||C||NC||C||C||C|
|Fall 8 kg||C||C||NC||NC||C||NC|
|Documents and notes||C||C||C||C||NC||NC|
|Immunity to nuisance tripping||C||C||NC||NC||C||NC|
If these five unreliable alarms will be very soon withdrawn from the market, remains the multitude of other models that were not taken into account during this study. When in doubt, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to remain very careful and reminds you that nothing beats the supervision of an adult. To find out more about the other available safety devices, please consult our pool folder.