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California Pool Safety Law 2018

California Pool Code Safety Act 2018

Updated California Pool Safety Act Requires Pool Owners to Double Up Safety Measures

California Pool Owners – As of January 1, 2018, pool owners will need to install at least 2 of 7 specified drowning prevention safety features to reduce the serious risk of drowning. (Even if you’re not a California pool owner, keep reading—at Katchakid, we believe these pool safety standards are excellent guidelines to apply to any pool, anywhere.)

Children and Pools: The Risks and Stats

Pools may be a great way to beat the California heat, but they come with inherent safety risks to children. Sadly, drowning is the second-leading cause of death for 1 to 4-year-old children in California. A tragic 160 young children died from drowning in California pools between 2010 and 2014, and in this period more than 740 children were hospitalized for near-fatal drowning injuries including brain trauma caused by near drowning.

The California Pool Safety Act’s History

California’s original 1996 Pool Safety Act required all new private swimming pools to be equipped with at least one approved safety measure; a permanent fence, compliant pool cover, door & window alarms, and self-closing door and window devices. This California pool law was amended in 2006 to include two more pool safety barriers – an ASTM F 2286-05 compliant removable mesh pool fence and an ASTM F 2208-08 pool alarm. This recent 2018 amendment now requires newly permitted private pools to double up security measures by requiring the pool to be equipped with 2 out of 7 choices of compliant separate safety features.

How to Comply with the New California Law Pool Safety Regulations

During the planning process of building your new pool or remodeling your existing one, take the time to research which of the two approved safety measures will work best for your pool layout and family’s security.

The Updated Pool Safety Measures

As of January 1, 2018, newly permitted California pool owners will need to install at least TWO of the following safety measures with any new or remodeled pool:

(1) An enclosure that meets the requirements of Section 115923 and isolates the swimming pool or spa from the private single-family home. An “Enclosure” means a fence, wall, or another barrier that isolates a swimming pool from access to the home. Compliance with this section includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(2) A removable mesh fencing that meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Specifications F2286 standards in conjunction with a gate that is self-closing and self-latching and can accommodate a key lockable device. Compliance with this code includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(3) An approved safety pool cover, as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 115921. This is an ASTM F1346-91 compliant automatic or manual pool cover. Compliance with this code includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(4) Exit alarms on the private single-family home’s doors that provide direct access to the swimming pool or spa. The exit alarm may cause either an alarm noise or a verbal warning, such as a repeating notification that “the door to the pool is open.” Exit alarms are also required on ANY door or window that permits access from the residence to the pool area without an enclosure between the pool and the home. The exit alarm must make a continuous audible sound when the door or window is open and or ajar.

(5) A self-closing, self-latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor on the private single-family home’s doors providing direct access to the swimming pool or spa; this is ANY door opening on to the pool area, sliding or otherwise.

(6) An alarm that, when placed in a swimming pool or spa, will sound upon detection of accidental or unauthorized entrance into the water. The alarm shall meet and be independently certified to the ASTM Standard F2208 “Standard Safety Specification for Residential Pool Alarms,” which includes surface motion, pressure, sonar, laser, and infrared type alarms. A swimming protection alarm feature designed for individual use, including an alarm attached to a child that sounds when the child exceeds a certain distance or becomes submerged in water, is not a qualifying drowning prevention safety feature. Compliance with this code includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(7) Other means of protection, if the degree of protection afforded is equal to or greater than that afforded by any of the features set forth above and has been independently verified by an approved testing laboratory as meeting standards for those features established by the ASTM or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

(Source: California Senate Bill 442)

How Katchakid Can Help

If you install a Katchakid pool fence and Katchakid pool net, your pool will comply with two of the choices of compliant separate safety features, and you’ll gain peace of mind knowing you have installed two effective drowning preventative layers. As Senator Newman said, “Residential California pool drownings can be prevented, and SB 442 will go far toward reducing the pain and costs associated with pool drownings.”

Katchakid has decades of experience in helping pool owners make their pools safe. Our safety technicians are here to answer any questions you may have, and they go through intensive training to learn how to install our products for the utmost safety and reliability. Contact us to learn more about our pool fences, pool covers, and pool nets today!