Pools are fun, but can also be very dangerous, which is why there are very specific laws governing the safety of private and public pools in California. The following is a partial summary of those laws/rules:
Safety Feature Requirements (At least 1 of these 7 is required):
- Enclosure at least 60 inches high with a self-latching and self-closing gate;
- Mesh fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate that can accommodate a key lockable device;
- A safety pool cover;
- Exit alarms on door providing access to the pool;
- Doors providing access from the home to the pool must be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching gate;
- Swimming pool alarms that detect unauthorized entrance into the water;
- Other means of protection, if it equal to or greater than those set forth in 1 – 6 above.
(SeeHealth and Safety Code section 115922).
Safety Requirements (not all the requirements are listed below):
- Must maintain records of pool operation / maintenance;
- The water must be clear and not murky so that people can be seen underwater;
- White plaster must be used;
- Must be contained within an enclosure of specific height and spacing requirements;
- Access to the pool enclosure must be provided through gates that are self-closing and self-latching;
- Gates must be capable of being locked during times when the pool is closed;
- Pool lighting must be provided for pools that are used at night;
- Pools with a maximum depth of 6 feet must include a warning sign: "NO DIVING ALLOWED" in letters not less than 4 inches high and the sign must be posted in a conspicuous place;
- Pools greater than 5 feet deep must have a straight line of slip-resistant tile, 4 inches wide, of contrasting color, installed along the bottom of the pool where the water is 4 ½ feet deep;
- Water depth markers are required on the vertical walls of the pool at or above the water line at each end of the pool and side of the pool noting the maximum and minimum depths.
(See California Code of Regulations Title 22, Chapter 20; and Title 24, Chapter 31B)
Injuries in pools must be responded to right away in order to preserve the evidence needed to prove that the pool owner was at-fault. For this reason it is very important to retain an attorney immediately after an injury in a pool. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool incident, call The Accident Injury Law Center now for a free consultation.