As horrible and sad as it is, every once in a while we all hear about a child that drowned in a swimming pool. More than likely, if the proper protections were in place, the tragedy would have been avoided. So, the purpose of this article is to address some of the components of swimming pool safety according to New York State rules and is intended to provide the broad strokes pertaining to swimming pool safety.
Please don’t rely on this article as a comprehensive document covering all of the rules and regulations associated with swimming pools. Much more detail is available at this link and many others on the Internet https://www.dos.ny.gov/DCEA/pdf/PoolsumUC0708.pdf Please keep in mind that some municipalities have stricter rules so it’s important to check with the authorities to make sure you are in compliance with all local safety rules in effect. By the way, there is no “grandfathering” for an older swimming pool. All pools must meet current code.
Here’s the big picture: A proper barrier and gates around the pool, proper alarms, proper electrical safety and anti-entrapment devices inside the pool.
What is considered a swimming pool? Anything deeper than 24 inches, including hot tubs and spas as well as above ground and inground pools.
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