Good Housekeeping Magazine Says Swim Alert® Pool Alarm Made by MG International Is Best in Tests

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Good Housekeeping magazine said the Swim Alert pool alarm is its favorite fall detection system for residential pools of the seven pool alarms tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.

Without question, the most frequent reason that homeowners disable their fall detection equipment is false alarms, which really defeats the purpose of the devices in the first place

In its July issue, Good Housekeeping magazine said Swim Alert® pool alarm made by MG International S.A. is the publication's favorite fall detecting system for residential pools, based on tests of seven pool alarms by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.

MG International's Sensor Espio® pool alarm, which employs the same detection technology as the Swim Alert but offers additional features at a higher retail price, also passed rigorous safety tests by the institute conducted earlier this year at Olympic Pools in Flanders, N.J. to determine which alarms effectively detected when a child fell into the water. Three of the seven pool alarms tested failed to meet the safety requirements of the New York City-based institute, a product evaluation laboratory established in 1900 by the magazine that employs a staff of engineers and researchers to test a wide range of consumer products.

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"We are extremely pleased to have received these designations from Good Housekeeping and its institute for our alarms that were introduced last year in the United States," said Bill Whitehurst, senior sales managing director of Watermind US, a subsidiary of MG International established to market the company's products in this country. "This is the third time in the past eight years that Good Housekeeping is providing a valuable service to its 4.5 million readers by giving them unbiased and practical advice on the best pool alarm systems available."

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that pool alarms can be used as an added precaution against accidental drowning. The commission reports that the majority of an estimated 350 children under age 5 drown each year in residential pools, and another 2,600 children under age 5 are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year following submersion incidents.

Whitehurst said MG International and its subsidiary did not pay for the institute's testing and had no input into the laboratory's findings. Both the Swim Alert and Sensor Espio alarms are independent 3rd party tested and certified to ASTM F2208eI, the standard for in-ground pool alarms promulgated by ASTM International in West Conshohocken, Penn.

The institute found that the Swim Alert (retail $299) had the fastest average response of 8.76 seconds - less than half of the 20 second maximum allowed under the standard -- to a mannequin being dropped into the water and did not alarm during the wind test, which indicates how often a pool alarm may give false readings. Both tests are critical for pool alarms, Whitehurst said.

"Without question, the most frequent reason that homeowners disable their fall detection equipment is false alarms, which really defeats the purpose of the devices in the first place," he said. "MG International refined its subsurface detection technology in Europe to reduce the instances were people override the safety system." The Swim Alert and Sensor Espio fall detecting systems are being used in more than 300,000 pools worldwide.

Whitehurst said the Swim Alert and Sensor Espio alarms show superior speed and discrimination between an emergency and a false alarm because they use advanced software to analyze sub-surface pulse signals - signals that travel faster than water surface waves. Swim Alert and Sensor Espio alarms calibrate themselves to the pool's environment during the first 10 minutes of operation so they don't activate as a result of normal water disturbances, such as the operation of a filter pump or waterfall.

The alarms sense when individuals weighing 18 pounds or more fall into the pool. The alarms also feature magnetic keys for easy activation/deactivation at poolside, wireless remotes, low battery warning lights, and automatic re-arm modes when water becomes calm after swimming.

Swim Alert tied with the Sensor Espio (retail $699) for having the loudest alarm at 100 decibels. Individuals can visit for more information in Swim Alert, and for more information on Sensor Espio. For more information on this news release or photos of the pool alarms, write Matthew Gryczan at or call (616) 957-2000 or write Bill Whitehurst at billw(at) or call (919) 349-9671.

Based in LaCiotat, France, MG International is the worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of equipment for pool safety. In addition to residential pool alarms. MG International developed and is marketing its Poseidon system, a computer-aided-vision technology used in more than 120 public swimming pools worldwide that alerts lifeguards to potential drownings and gives exact coordinates of drowning victims on television monitors to save precious seconds during their rescue.


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