S.A.F.C.™ Safety Alarm for Children
The S.A.F.C.™ is a removable safety barrier with an integrated alarm for residential in-ground and above ground swimming pools, spas or Jacuzzis. This unique integrated safety alarm system includes a number of posts for supporting fencing material. An alarm contact is embedded into the lower portion of each post. Each post has a base support that also has an alarm contact embedded within it which corresponds to the alarm contact embedded in the lower portion of the post. The transmitter sends a signal to the receiver to trigger the siren, which sounds an alarm when the fence has been compromised.
PRODUCT FEATURES & BENEFITS
- Prevents drowning accidents
- Self-supporting, perimeter fence
- The transmitter sends a signal to the receiver to trigger the siren to sound an alarm when the fence has been compromised
- Can include an optional dialing system to call emergency contacts
S.A.F.C.™ contains the basic elements of a perimeter fence, fence posts and fencing material. Fence posts are mounted vertically in the ground or other surface, and consecutively connected horizontally by fencing material to create a barrier The fence posts may be arranged in a variety of manners depending on the intended use of the fence.
S.A.F.C.™ also contains a base support which is mounted directly into the ground surface or a sleeve via a downward extending support assembly, in order to provide support for the fence posts, to which the fencing material is attached. When the safety barrier of the S.A.F.C.™ is completely assembled, the fence posts extend vertically and are connected via fencing material. It also includes apertures on the exterior surface of both the fence posts and base support in order to allow the fencing material to be attached from the top of each fence post to the bottom of each base support, which prevents the likelihood that someone or something would be able to slip underneath the fence. The fencing material may be made of both natural and synthetic materials, such as wood, chain-link or plastic mesh. The preferred embodiment of the S.A.F.C.™ is constructed of lightweight, flexible, synthetic material.
In order to maintain the fence posts in a vertical position, the base support of the S.A.F.C.™ is a hollow structure which is wider in diameter at its base than at the top. The fence posts are each mounted inside the hollow portion of the base support. When the fence posts are in a vertical or upright position, the fence posts only contact the bottom portion of the base support, in the center of the base support. More specifically, when the fence posts are in a vertical or upright position, the fence posts do not contact the upper rim of the base support. When force causes the fence posts to become removed from their vertical or upright position however, the fence posts will contact both the inside of the upper rim as well as the bottom portion of the base support. Even when the fence posts are removed from their vertical or upright position, their contact with the inside of the upper rim and the bottom portion of the base support will prevent the fence posts from falling to the ground. The base supports are weighted at the bottom portion in order to prevent the base supports from tipping over and, at the same time, maintain the fence posts in a vertical position.
Alarm contacts or sensors are embedded in both the bottom of each fence post, referred to as fence posts alarm contacts, and the top portion of each downward extending support assembly, referred to as base support alarm contacts. Connected to the fence post alarm contacts and the base support alarm contacts is a transmitter. When the fence posts are in their vertical or upright position, the fence post alarm contact and the base support alarm contact are connected to a transmitter. The transmitter is connected, via a hard wire or wireless connection, to a receiver which is itself connected to a siren capable of sounding an alarm. When the fence posts are in a vertical or upright position, the fence post alarm contact and the base support alarm contact are connected, the electric circuit is closed between the transmitter, the fence post alarm contact and the base support alarm contact, which prevents a siren from sounding. When force causes the fence posts to become removed from their vertical or upright position however, the fence post alarm contact and the base support alarm contact become disconnected, the circuit is opened, thus causing the transmitter to send a signal to the receiver to trigger the siren to sound (USPTO).
Materials needed to produce the S.A.F.C.™:
- Fence posts
- Fencing material
- Synthetic material
- Base support
- Hollow structure
- Fence post alarm contacts/sensors
- Base support alarm contacts/sensors
- Hard wire or wireless connection
The S.A.F.C.™ is covered by United States Utility Patent: 7,969,303
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