Pool Barrier Safety Reminder!
Summer is upon us and absolutely now is the time to take stock of safety barriers for your swimming pools and spas. Too often we read of the tragedy of a child drowning in their own backyard pool or apartment complex facility. Vigilance is the first and most important line of defense. Next, operable pool safety barriers may make the difference between life and death.
Florida leads the nation in pool safety initiatives. The implementation of the Pool Barrier Safety Act in 2000 placed in effect mandatory safety barriers, enforced by the Florida Building Code. Following is a summary checklist for some of the requirements; if you have a pool or spa, a combination of these safeguards must be in place, per Florida Building Code Section R-4101.17. Please contact the City of Margate Building Department for a copy of the complete and specific requirements:
- For above-ground pools and spas, approved locking safety covers. All ladders must be removed and stored away from the pool.
- Chain link fences with specific mesh size requirements, no less than 4 feet high and with self-closing, locking gates with latches no less than
54” high. Wood fencing is generally at a height of 6 feet.
- Screen enclosures with self-closing, locking gates with latches no less than 54” high.
- Mesh pool safety fences installed continuous and away from the edge of an in ground pool.
- From inside the house, first floor doors and windows that lead to the pool area shall be equipped with audible alarms.
- A pool shall have a ladder in deep ends and swim outs in shallow ends.
- An approved safety net over the pool.
The routine inspection and immediate repair of pool barriers saves lives!! Contact the City of Margate Building Department at (954) 970-3004 for more information and for a copy of the Florida Building Code requirements.