Above Ground Pools Laws In Florida
We’re in the midst of another hot summer in Florida, and there isn’t anything easier than putting on your swim trunks and getting into a pool in the backyard. Why trudge to the beach when you can step outside and be comfy?
But there is a problem that most Floridians might not be aware of: that pop up pool might be illegal. The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act clearly states that any pool over twenty four inches deep must have a barrier, and that does not include a property fence.
The law was enacted to protect small children who might wander into the pool and drown. A recent study found a child under five dies in one of these pools every five days in the summer, and 43% of these fatalities is from an unattended child. Unfortunately, many people think that because they have a fence around the yard from outside visitors they are not violating the code and protecting the children. But their own kids are at risk, with easy access to the pool.
Leaving a ladder up in an unattended pool is also a violation. The seconds it would take to pull it from the water and set it aside could save a life. Most manufacturers will put a list of warnings on the product box as well as in an enclosed brochure. These are warnings that need to be heeded and addressed for the safety of the children.
Check your local building codes to find out whether your pool requires a pool fence or not. Your city and county can offer you more great tips as well as awareness for you and your neighbors. And if you see someone in your neighborhood unintentionally violating the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act, let them know about it or contact your local building code enforcement before something terrible happens.