Keeping Your Swimming Pool Safe in SWFL
Swimming pools are a very common feature of houses in the Naples and Fort Myers area, and many of our clients are looking for a home with a pool. In our climate, where the weather is warm enough for swimming almost year-round, we use our pools quite a lot! It’s wonderful to be able to step out your back door and enjoy a refreshing swim without leaving home.
However, it’s crucial that you keep your swimming pool safe. In Florida, the leading cause of death for young children is drowning, and it’s also a big risk for elderly people. Obviously the very last thing you want is for a terrible accident to happen in your own pool. The state of Florida has enacted a set of laws called the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act that will help you prevent accidents and keep your family safe.
Florida’s Swimming Pool Safety Requirements
In order for your pool to be in compliance with the law, it must be equipped with at least one of the following safety features:
Barrier: One of the options is to install a barrier that blocks access from your home to the pool. This is often a fence that surrounds the pool and can be taken down when you’re swimming. It must be at least 48 inches high and no more than 2 inches off the ground. If you have an above-ground pool, the walls must be at least 4 feet high and the ladder should be equipped with a child-safety lock.
Cover: A state-approved safety pool cover is another option. It can be manual or powered, but it must meet the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Door Alarms: If you go with this option, all doors and windows with direct access to the pool must be equipped with exit alarms of at least 85 decibels (at 10 feet) to let you know if one of your kids is going outside.
Pool Alarm: You can also equip your pool with an alarm that will sound if somebody enters the pool, either accidentally or without permission. This type of alarm has to pass its own inspection to make sure it’s up to the required safety standards.
If you don’t install at least one of these safety measures, you could be found guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor. You may avoid penalties if you install one of these options within 45 days and attend a drowning prevention education program, but it’s best not to run that risk.
Looking for a SWFL House With a Pool? Call Nina Link
A pool is a very popular feature for houses in Naples, Fort Myers, Estero, and Bonita Springs! If you’re looking for a house in SWFL, call the Link Team with a list of the features you’d like your home to include, and we’ll help you fulfill your dreams. Give us a call at (239) 357-5058 or send a message through our website to start looking today.