13 Apr From “Zero” to “Hero” | Home Inspection Laws
Did you know drowning is the leading cause of death for toddlers 1-4 years old? We don’t mean to start off dramatic, but here in Sunny San Diego, we take swimming serious and we take safety even more seriously.
As of January 1st, 2018, California law requires homes with a pool or spa to be equipped with at least two of the seven specified drowning prevention safety features according to senate bill 442. Conformance of several of these items cannot be determined by having a visual inspection done and it is recommended that the current owner provide any and all documentation to ensure compliance. It’s also never a bad idea to have a qualified pool contractor further evaluate and perform any needed repairs.
We observed compliance of 1989 (only 1 of 7). Recommending adding additional safety features to comply with senate bill 442.
1. Gate access for the pool or spa, explained in Health and Safety code 115923.
a. Gates must open away from the swimming pool, be self closing with a self latching device and placed no lower than 60 inches above the ground.
b. A minimum of 60 inches tall, maximum vertical clearance from the ground to the bottom of the enclosure of 2 inches.
c. Gaps or voids, if any, do not allow passage of a sphere equal to or greater than four inches in diameter.
d. An outside surface free of protrusions, cavities, or the physical characteristics that would serve as handholds or footholds that could enable a child below the age of five years to climb over.
2. A removable mesh fencing that meets American Society for testing and Materials (ASTM). The mesh fence with a gate only counts as one safety item.
3. An approved safety cover (manually power-operated safety pool cover that meets the standards of ASTM) as defined in the subdivision 115921.
4. Exit alarms on all of the doors that provide access to the swimming pool or spa.
5. A self closing, self latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54″ above floor on all of the doors providing access to the pool.
6. An alarm that when placed in a swimming pool or spa, will sound upon detection of accidental or unauthorized entrance in the water. The alarm must meet ASTM standards for residential alarms which include, surface motion, pressure, sonar, laser, and infrared type alarm.
7. Other means of protection, if the degree of protection afforded is equal to or greater than that afforded by any of the features set forth above and has been independently verified by an approved testing laboratory as meeting standards for those features established by the ASTM or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
After you make any necessary changes to your swimming areas, be sure to check out our friends at Seabound Swim & Fit for water safety classes for all ages!