Safety Guidelines for Swimming Pools

39Another Southern California summer is in full swing, with residents heading for the swimming pools to get relief from the summer heat. Unfortunately, all that swimming can lead to swimming pool injuries.

Pools are dangerous

As fun as swimming pools can be, injuries and deaths regularly take place in them. Some accidents happen during ordinary pool use, and others happen when children have access to pools because the pool owner hasn’t taken safeguards to secure the swimming area.

The Swimming Pool Safety Act

California law recognizes that pools can be hazardous, especially to children, who associate them with fun, not danger. To protect children and others who use swimming pools and spas, the swimming pool safety act requires pool owners to comply with at least one of these safety features:

  1. Access to the pool from a home is restricted by an enclosure that meets specific requirements.
  2. The pool incorporates mesh pool fencing with a self-closing, self latching gate that can be locked.
  3. Any residential doors that provide direct access to the pool are equipped with exit alarms.
  4. The pool is equipped with a safety cover that meets certain requirements.
  5. Any residential doors that provide direct access to the pool are equipped with self-closing, self latching devices that are too high up to be opened by children.
  6. The pool is equipped with alarms that sound when someone enters the water accidentally or without authorization.
  7. Another safety solution is employed that provides protection equal or greater to the other protections spelled out here.

Swimming pool injuries may involve legal claims that can provide monetary relief. TorkLaw is an experienced personal injury law firm, well qualified to handle such claims.


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