Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Feature Options.

In Florida, with virtually has a year round swimming season, in 2000, Florida passed the pool safety act designed to deny, delay or detect any unsupervised entries in order to reduce these deaths and near-drownings.

Below are some important reminders for residential pool owners.

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Florida has safety laws when it comes to residential swimming pools.

The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act, known as the “Preston de Ibern/McKenzie Merriam Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act.” was created in 2000 to help prevent accidental drownings for both young and elderly.

Florida’s Swimming Pool Safety Act was created after eighteen-month-old McKenzie Merriam slipped away from her mother and drowned in her Jacksonville family’s pool in January 1998.

Below is Section 515.27, Residential swimming pool safety feature options.

In order to pass final inspection and receive a certificate of completion, a residential swimming pool must meet at least one of the following requirements relating to pool safety features:

(a) The pool must be isolated from access to a home by an enclosure that meets the pool barrier requirements of s. 515.29;

(b) The pool must be equipped with an approved safety pool cover;

(c) All doors and windows providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with an exit alarm that has a minimum sound pressure rating of 85 dB A at 10 feet;

(d) All doors providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor; or

(e) A swimming pool alarm that, when placed in a pool, sounds an alarm upon detection of an accidental or unauthorized entrance into the water. Such pool alarm must meet and be independently certified to ASTM Standard F2208, titled “Standard Safety Specification for Residential Pool Alarms,” which includes surface motion, pressure, sonar, laser, and infrared alarms. For purposes of this paragraph, the term “swimming pool alarm” does not include any swimming protection alarm device designed for individual use, such as an alarm attached to a child that sounds when the child exceeds a certain distance or becomes submerged in water.

More information on the “Preston de Ibern/McKenzie Merriam Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act.” can be found in Chapter 515 of the Florida State Statutes

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