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Reviewing Safety Requirements for Swimming Pools in the State of California

Swimming pools are a staple for the long California summers. Many families look forward to spending their days swimming and having fun. In fact, swimming pools often create great memorable moments that last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, swimming pools are hazardous and many families will often overlook the dangers. This article will underline current California requirements that will help everyone stay safe this summer.

Updated California Pool Safety Measures

As of early 2018, the State of California amended the existing Swimming Pool Safety Act. Under the new amendments, newly permitted pool owners will need to install a minimum two of the following seven measures:

  1. Installing an enclosure that abides by requirements (stated in Section 115923). The enclosure must really isolate the pool from a single-family dwelling.
  2. A detachable mesh fencing, which meets specifications outlined in the American Society for Testing and Materials. The detachable mesh fencing will need to be used in conjunction with a self-closing gate.
  3. Installation of a safety pool cover, (as stated in Section 115921).
  4. Installation of an exit alarm system to provide a warning when a door near the pool is opened.
  5. A self-latching device installed on the door of the private home leading to the swimming pool area.
  6. An alarm system that will sound when there is an unauthorized entrance into the swimming pool area.
  7. Other means of security, if providing greater protections than those already identified. These will need to be verified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Other notable changes demand that when a home inspector is examining the dwelling, he or she must also inspect the swimming area in order to make sure that a minimum of two of the seven requirements are in place.  The code sections should be reviewed to ensure compliance.

Safety Practices

Swimming pool safety should never be overlooked. Pool owners have the responsibility to reduce the risk of injury to those using, or who might be in the area of, the pool. The following can additionally help to minimize accidents from happening:

  • Making sure that rescue equipment is immediately available,
  • Making sure at least two people are present during any use,
  • Installing pool drain covers to minimize the danger of entrapment,
  • Posting pool depth signage,
  • Don’t allow diving
  • Having an accessible first-aid kit
  • Have easy and available methods of getting out of the pool at various points.

When it comes to pool safety, it is always better to be prepared. Swimming pool owners are always encouraged to check with local rules and regulations that can help to prevent death or very serious injury.

When an Injury Occurs, Seek the Legal Advice of an Attorney

Swimming pools are inherently dangerous. Despite the amount of care taken, swimming accidents can happen in a split second. If you or someone you know has been killed or sustained injuries from a swimming pool accident, there may be an opportunity to recover compensation for the losses; speak to a qualified attorney who can help.

The attorneys at Heiting & Irwin are experienced in the field of swimming pool accidents. The first is dedicated to helping victims of negligence obtain the monetary compensation they deserve. If you have been injured as a result of a swimming accident, consult the legal advice of a professional attorney who will fight for your rights. Personal injury claims in California are time sensitive; seek the legal advice of an attorney as soon as possible.

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