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Compliance Rules for an Above Ground Swimming Pool When you've decided to install an above ground swimming pool for your family to enjoy, Even if this type of construction can be done by do it yourselves with the help of friends you've roped into help you out, you still need to follow the rules and regulations of your municipality. Statues vary by both state and municipality and there are also federal laws that govern safety and compliance when it comes to swimming pools. Here are the rules you need to be aware of before tackling the project of putting in an above ground swimming pool:

Rules of construction: Before you even put one stake in the ground, there are municipal construction rules that need to be followed and building permits that need to be gathered. It's likely that the local building inspector will come and check the project before, during and after construction. Remember, when it comes to the electrical wiring for your project, you will need to have that done by a certified electrician and that, too will have to be inspected before you are allowed to use the pool. Federal laws: When it comes to both above- and in-ground swimming la pools there are laws that relate to in-pool filtration systems to guard against swimmers getting injured or trapped in the pool filter. This law was enacted in response to the drowning death of Virginia Graeme Baker, who was caught in a pool filter. Her parents pushed for the law which now governs these systems. Specific state laws: In addition to the federal and local construction rules that govern your installation of a swimming pool, you will also need to check with the compliance regulations for your particular state. Typical laws pertain to fencing and other pool alarm systems to keep everyone safe. Rules also state that the gates should be closed and latched every the pool is unattended by adults. Common sense rules: It's all well and good to have state, local and federal rules in place but as a swimming pool owner, you need to have your own set of safety rules in place to keep everyone safe. Your children should be aware that they are never allowed to


swim when there is not an adult present. They should also know that they shouldn't have any riding toys on the deck area and that they shouldn't run on the deck. Few things go together as well as the warm months of summer and swimming pools, but safety should always come first with swimming fun. For children aged one to fourteen, drowning is the second-most common cause of accidental death. Safe Kids USA, a child safety advocacy group, reports that 280 children under 5 years old drown every year in swimming pools across the country. It is important that you outfit your pool with equipment that will protect swimmers from drain entrapment, when happens when a swimmer becomes trapped by a pool or spa's drain suction. The force from a drain can be overwhelming if a swimmer becomes stuck.

But a new law called the Virginia Graeme Baker Pools and Spa Safety Act addresses this: before opening in 2009, all public swimming pools are required to install approved safety drain covers, and all single-drain public pools are required to install antientrapment devices, such as a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) or automatic pumpshut-off device.

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