Springfield is blessed with its geographic location: sitting right on the Connecticut River, and is surrounded by rolling hills and mountains not too far away. It also has a great downtown if shopping is your activity of choice! Another great way to enjoy the outdoors is to go swimming in an outdoor pool. And if you happen to have your own private pool, that can be even better and more relaxing. Yet before you enjoy your water-based activity, it is very important to make sure that you residential pool fits within local and state requirements and regulations.
For the City of Springfield, there is a lack of information surrounding any local differences in regulations for private and residential swimming pools. However, as a citizen of Springfield, you are also subject to the state laws of Massachusetts regarding residential swimming pools. The state law specifies that residential swimming pools include those that are above-ground, in-ground, and at-ground, as well as hot tubs and spas.
To ensure the safety of your family as well as the safety of the neighborhood you live in, you need to have a pool fence built around the pool. It needs to be at least 4 feet tall, with only a small margin of 2 inches allowed at the bottom between the bottom of the fence and the ground. You may decide to have either a solid fence or a fence with openings (like a chain-linked fence).
There are different requirements for the different kinds of fences, as with a solid fence, you need to make sure that it does not have any protrusions. Also, with a fence with openings, make sure that the openings fit the requirements, as openings that are too large could prove to be a hazard for younger children. Having a gate that opens through the fence is key, and it needs to be able to lock, as well as self-close and self-latch. And if one of the sides of the house is used as a fence side for the swimming pool, the door of the house that leads to the pool needs to be fitted with an alarm, or the pool needs to be covered when it’s not in use.
Following all of the local and state regulations when it comes to pool safety is great, but sometimes you need just a little bit more assurance. We are a company that manufactures pool safety nets, and have proven over the decades that we offer a superior product. So if you are concerned about the safety of your children, investing in our safety pool safety products is a great idea.
As summer comes to Springfield, enjoy the warmer temperatures and the chance to do more swimming. But remember to review local and state laws every now and again to keep you and your family protected. Contact us today to learn more about our pool safety products.