`Fire Sniffers’, Technology and Drowning Prevention

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Imagine arriving at a hotel and as Reception staff check you in they say… “now, we must inform you that we don’t have smoke detectors or fire alarms in this hotel – but we do have fire sniffers – they’re highly trained individuals who walk around, throughout the day and night, looking for signs of fire and sniffing the air for the smell of smoke. And if they smell a fire or think anything’s wrong then they sound the alarm and take emergency action – so you’re very safe”.

You’d be horrified. Wouldn’t you? Because we take it as an absolute given – Hotels have Fire Alarms.
And you’d probably be thinking – “I’m not staying here” – especially if you had young children with you.
So, if you wouldn’t stay in a hotel without a fire alarm why would you swim, or allow your children to swim, in a pool without a Drowning Alarm?

`Drowning Prevention Technology’ comes in different forms including wristbands and optical cameras. These technologies have been developing and refining for years and they’re out there now. In pools like the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London and many more. hundreds in fact. They work. Really well. If someone’s in trouble an alarm sounds and trained staff respond immediately.  So, if someone’s in trouble there WILL be an alarm. Someone WILL come and perform a rescue. It makes a pool much, much safer.

Drowning Alarms work equally well in pools with or without Lifeguards. Being only human, Lifeguards are, like all of us, subject to human error and/or failure. Errors can be the result of one or more factors from a long list of potential human factors. Health and Safety knows a lot about Human error. That’s why we have technology – like fire alarms, airport scanners, air bags and seat belts.

Pools that don’t have Lifeguards will have Emergency Responders and having a Drowning Prevention System ensures that they know when someone’s in trouble and a response is needed. Proven technology that enhances human capability. Like a hotel Fire Warden (not a sniffer) who works with a Fire Detection System.

Whatever we call our pool people (the names not important); `Lifeguards’, `Emergency Responders’, or `Pool Safety Animators’, technology must work with them and for them. What is critically important is that technology is embedded in an integrated pool safety system. Let me repeat that `an integrated pool safety system’ – which considers how everyone and everything, people and technology, fits together cohesively and effectively – so that the likelihood of someone drowning is reduced to as near zero as possible.

So, the next time you go for a swim please ask if they have a Drowning Alarm? And if not why not?
And if you’d like to know more then please ring me on 07855 844598