by Rob Cox, November 11, 2010
Swimming Pool Alarm Laws & Legislation
More states are adding new pool and spa alarm laws, regulating residential pools, both in ground and above ground. Often the new pool safety laws are the result of tragic local drownings in all types of pools and bodies of water, not just in ground pools.
You can count on this trend for new pool safety legislation to continue. And you can count on poolcenter.com to monitor the situation and keep our readers alerted to new proposed legislation and new state and federal residential pool safety requirements.
Below is our first list of state pool safety alarm laws on the books, or current state pool alarm laws. Noticable is the requirement to be code compliant for any considerable "pool renovation". When a pool renovation (not just a pool pump replacement, but is taking place on your pool, if your contractor does not mention new guidelines for pool safety, consider him suspect. Pulling the permits for a considerable pool renovation requires bringing older pools "up to code" - when they don't meet current legislative guidelines and mandates.
Iif you have any questions about pool legislation, please contact me at the link above!
CALIFORNIA: Always a leader in "propositions", California pool laws are always ahead of the curve, both in safety and energy.
CONNECTICUT: Home to many pools, despite the cold weather, Connecticut pool laws were among the first to consider pools under 36" of depth as an attractive nuisance, requiring new pool laws to keep the public safe.
TENNESSEE: Katie Beth's law, requires all pools to have a pool alarm installed before the pool is made operational.
NEW YORK: Busy lawmakers in New York. Very active in crafting new pool laws and pool legislation for all bodies of water