Press Release by John Monaco and Al Gustafson:
No one expects a tragedy to strike them, however, each year, more than 300 children under the age of 5, drown in residential swimming pools nationwide. Unfortunately this tragedy occurs typically in a family-owned pool. In addition, more than 2,000 children in that age group are treated in hospital emergency rooms for submersion injures. The easiest safeguard to prevent an accidental drowning or injury, is to be certain the pooi complies with state and local building code regulations.
Before considering the purchase of a swimming pooi, all homeowners, landlords or tenants, need to be aware that a building permit is required if the pooi is capable of holding a depth of more than 24 inches of water. This also includes the storable, usually inflatable, pools purchased at local department stores. If a rigid sidewall pool, (not including inflated or storable pools), is less than 48” high, a minimum four-foot high fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate is required. In addition to a safe enclosure, electrical connections must be installed to meet the electric code, and must be inspected by an approved electrical inspector. Any existing pooi is also required to comply with the enclosure safety regulations. In addition to these electrical and barrier requirements, all pools must be equipped with a pool alarm that is capable of detecting whenever a child enters the water by sounding an audible alarm. Landlords may also be responsible for any unauthorized action of a tenant. Pool owners are also encouraged to check with their insurance company for any additional safety requirements.
To ensure swimming pool safety during the upcoming pool season, pool owners are urged to contact their local building department before purchasing or installing any swimming pooi, hot tub or spa. As trained professionals they are able to answer questions and guide the owner through the permit process.
- Western Southern Tier Building Officials Association
The Western Southern Tier Building Officials Association (WSTBOA) is comprised of municipal code enforcement officials and building inspectors throughout the western southern tier of New York State. Their mission is to promote professionalism and consistency in the application and enforcement of building codes. Those goals are achieved through education, development, practice and enforcement of building codes. WSTBOA holds regular meetings every month on the 2nd Thursday of each month. For more information, contact President John Monaco at (716) 679-2313.