UL 2017 Pool Alarm: Definition + 3 Best Alarms

pool alarm on back door opening to patio with blue swimming pool in the backyard

When considering safety around a swimming pool, one of the major components is the barrier.  This is often thought of as a fence or a wall around a swimming pool, but can consist of other aspects as well.  Often as a part of the code language the county or municipality will dictate the use of a UL 2017 pool alarm.

Pool Safety Options And Requirements

In the case of a residential backyard pool, most states, counties, and municipalities will allow you to use the house as a part of the barrier.  That is, the fence or wall extends around the pool and connects to the house.  This allows your backdoor to open into the pool area. 

In some places, this is enough and you are considered barrier code compliant. As an additional precaution, homeowners might want to add an AI alarm system like the SwamCam. However, if your municipality requires you to install a UL 2017 pool alarm, you’ll need to comply with a listed device.

What Is A UL 2017 Pool Alarm?

So what is a UL 2017 pool alarm?  This is an alarm which meets or exceeds the requirements, and which has been ‘listed’ by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The date refers to the listing requirements, so UL 2017 pool alarm, is a pool alarm listed by UL. 

3 Best UL 2017 Pool Alarm Devices

If you’re searching for UL 2017 pool alarms, you probably know that you need to have one. Therefore, here are a few of the best alarms which meet these requirements. Of the following, the Poolguard DAPT-WT is our recommendation for ease of installation and maintenance.

Poolguard DAPT-WT

PoolGuard DAPT-2 Water Hazard Pool Door Alarm, White
  • UL Listed UL 2017 (Water Hazard Entrance Door Alarm)
  • Made in the USA
  • 1 Year Warranty

Techko S189 Ultra Slim Safe Pool Alarm 

Techko S189 Ultra Slim Safe Pool Alarm for Kids, ETL Listed UL 2017 Compliant, Indoor/Outdor Weather Resistant, 110db…
  • ETL listed and approved under UL 2017 standards for Child Pool Safety Law
  • Complies with most city pool regulations: Follows Residential Pools Safety Barrier Guidelines from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Super Loud Siren: 110db output so you can hear the alarm anywhere in the house

Techko S187D Safe Pool Alarm 

Techko S187D Safe Pool Alarm, Light-Grey
  • Meets UL standards for Child Pool Safety Law
  • Includes extra set of sensors and bypass reset button for use on both sliding glass doors and screen doors
  • Water and weather resistant

How To Comply With UL 2017 Pool Alarms

When you must comply with UL 2017 pool alarm codes, it’s important to be certain the alarm is listed.  Ask for the paperwork proving the UL listing when you purchase the alarm, that way you can be sure that after installation, you can prove to the building inspector it’s listed.  If you use an alarm like the Poolguard DAPT-WT, you likely won’t have to go out of your way to prove anything, as these alarms are the most commonly used UL 2017 pool alarms.

poolguard UL 2017 pool alarm on a white porch door near swimming pool

Pool Alarm Summary

There are many other aspects to pool safety which are important to keep in mind. Pool alarms are a great idea even if they are not required in your area.  We would always recommend having a pool alarm for those with children.  For those without children it’s a good idea also, since guests visiting with children will also need protection.