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Pool Fence Laws

Since the popularization of private swimming pools, pool laws and regulations have become more prevalent. One such example is the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act. This pool law requires that all Florida homeowners who have a swimming pool must take safety precautions in order to prevent drowning incidents. This includes installing fences and various other safety barriers. As a means of keeping you informed, Baby Guard has dedicated this page to providing you the information you need to follow The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act, as well as various other pool laws.

History

After suffering an all-time high in drowning fatalities, to the point it was one of the leading cause of accidental death, the Florida Legislature passed the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act. Since 2009, this Act has become law, instating more safety regulations. 

Requirements

The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires all outdoor swimming pools to be surrounded by a fence at least four feet tall, while having no gaps, preventing small children from climbing over it or getting through while the fence is closed. The entryway to the pool must be able to open outward and have a self-closing/self-locking device that a child can not reach.

Indoor Pool Exemptions

While outdoor pools have these regulations, indoor pools do not need to have a pool fence installed. This is provided the pool has locked windows and doors with a wired alarm system or a self-latching system on all possible entrances 54 inches off the ground so as not to be reached. 

Kiddie Pools

Smaller pools are exempt from pool fence laws and regulations. Community pools are also exempt from the Act as they fall under less strict pool laws. Despite this, we still highly recommend supervision at all times. 

Penalties

If this pool law is not followed, it is treated as a second-degree misdemeanor under Florida Law. If charged, within 45 days, the property owner can attend a drowning prevention program and begin complying with the Act, in which case the state of Florida will drop all charges.

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Additional Safety Information on Pool Laws and Regulations

All public pools within Florida must comply with the Virginia Graeme Bake Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act. This law established a standard for pool/spa insurance, as well as required drain covers in public pools and spas to meet the standards of ASME/ANSI A112.19-2007.

This pool safety law has been active since December 19, 2008, and was even signed by President George Bush a year prior to put it into effect and prevent future pool incidents. Additionally, the VGB Act ensures that all drain covers sold within the United States must conform to the measures given by the CPSC, and prohibits any that do not comply to those standards. Each pool must have an anti entrapment drain cover and must be verified by a pool contractor that it indeed complies with the Virginia Graeme Baker Poo & Spa Safety Act.

If you want anymore additional information on pool laws and regulations, call your city’s building department. If you wish to get a free pool fence quote, you can call us at 1-888-919-2229.

*Pool safety devices, as well as pool fencing, should never be substituted for adult supervision. Always watch children and never let them out of your sight.

 

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