Some homes feature beautiful sliding doors that open directly into the pool area. This is obviously a desirable design element, but can prove to be tricky when there are young children in the house. In this case, the walls of the house and the sliding doors themselves become an integral part of the pool barrier system. The importance of keeping doors to the pool area secure is shown in statistics gathered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Their study of pool accidents in Arizona, Florida and California found that 46% of children who were victims of pool accidents were last seen in the house before being found in the pool.
The answer to this challenge is automatic self-closing and latching devices and audible alarms on all doors that open to the pool area. The CPSC recommends an alarm that sounds for 30 seconds or more within 7 seconds after the door is opened. They also recommend that the alarms be loud, with a sound that is distinct from other sounds in the home, like the telephone, doorbell, etc.
Our Ultra-Glide self-closing device ensures that doors close automatically and no doors remain open for little ones to slip out unnoticed. These unobtrusive devices are installed out of reach of children and can also be fitted with an optional latch. These small and easily installed devices can provide parents with peace of mind and a necessary layer of pool safety for their families.