Many people don’t realize that there are a lot of laws that you need to follow before setting up a swimming pool. Make sure you know what they are before doing so.
According to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, 4.7 million households in the United States have swimming pools. Many people buy swimming pools every year, but many of them may not be following the necessary safety laws. You will need to look at these laws carefully and make sure that you follow them. They differ across jurisdictions, but here are some of the more common regulations you should be aware of.
Drowning Prevention Education
Many communities have adapted laws that require people to take drowning prevention classes before they can have swimming pools. You will need to find out if you need to pass them.
A number of different topics are covered in these programs. Here are some that you will need to be aware of:
· You will be taught how to monitor children carefully. They will tell you how many adults need to be in an area to supervise a certain number of children.
· They will tell you how to setup swimming pool safety nets or covers to reduce the risk while nobody is using the pool.
· The penalties for not following these policies.
Some communities that have these laws will give you a waiver if the program isn’t offered within a couple of months of applying for a permit. However, they may require you to attend a program later on.
Understanding Accessibility Requirements
Most municipalities have laws in place to keep unsupervised people from accessing the pool. Many of these laws were set in place because young children often try going swimming in their neighbors’ pools. Keep in mind that pools are often considered an attractive nuisance, which means that you could be held liable for any accidents even if a child trespassed onto your property.
Communities generally have different laws about setting up barriers. Here are some of the common laws that you need to be aware of:
· They usually stipulate that the barrier must be at least 3-6 feet high on the outside.
· The pool needs to be inaccessible from the house.
· They usually state that the pool area needs to be fenced off.
· The pool may need to be at least 10 feet from the fence.
· You may need to be required to have a safety net on the property.
The purpose of these laws is to make sure that children and medically impaired people can’t get into your swimming pool. They usually require you to have several different precautions in place in case anybody bypasses any of them.
Use the Reasonable Person Standard
You may be held liable for any deaths or injuries even if you followed all of the safety policies. You will also need to keep the reasonable person standard in mind.
This essentially means that you will need to use your own common sense. Make sure that you don’t have electrical appliances near the pool or do anything that clearly creates a danger for anybody using it. As long as you are diligent about being as safe as possible then everything should be fine.
About the author: Kalen is a health, wellness and lifestyle writer. He shares tips on safety for families and other consumers.