Building Codes

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NOTE:  A building permit is required for the installation of pools and decks. The pool hot tubs application can found in the Building Permits Applications section. Please call our office at 585-786-8820, option 1 if you have any questions.

                                                                                                                                                    POOL SAFETY

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Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season for many and the covers are coming off neighborhood, community and backyard swimming pools throughout the nation. There are an estimated 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools — and more than 7.3 million hot tubs in operation — in the United States. In California alone, there are approximately 1.1 million swimming pools and Florida comes in second with 1,093,655 pools.

Swimming is the fourth most-popular sport or recreational activity in the U.S., with 36 percent of children and teens aged 7–17 years, and 15 percent of adults swimming at least six times annually. While swimming pools and spas are great for play, exercise and therapy, an alarming number of water-related deaths and injuries also occur in and around pools each year.

As an advocate for protecting our communities at home, at school and in the workplace, the International Code Council works hard to prevent such tragedies and ensure family and friends have a safer, more enjoyable experience when using pools and spas. To ensure safety is a priority for everyone, here are five swimming pool and spa safety tips to help ensure a safe summer ahead.

    1.  Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa. Proper fences, barriers, alarms and covers can be life-saving devices. In-ground and above-ground pools and spas should be surrounded on all sides by a fence or other barrier at least four feet in height and should not be climbable for children. Small, inflatable pools must also be protected. The International Building Code states that any pool with more than 24 inches of water has to have a four-foot fence or other barrier around it. The water should only be accessible through a self-closing, self-latching gate. Teach children to never try to climb over the gate or fence. Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area that can alert if someone enters the pool. Keep automatic or manually operated pool and spa covers in good working order, keep them covered when not in use, and never allow anyone to stand or play on a pool cover.

    2.  Ensure all pools and spas have compliant drain covers. Virginia Graeme Baker, after whom the Pool and Spa Safety Act is named, died from drowning due to a suction entrapment from a faulty drain cover. All pools and spas — both in your backyard and any public pool you may visit — should have compliant drain covers. Powerful suction from a pool or spa drain can even trap an adult. All public pools and spas must have drain grates or covers that meet safety standards.

    3.  Teach children to stay away from drains. Do not play or swim near drains or suction outlets, especially in spas and shallow pools, and never enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broken or missing drain cover. If possible, check that the suction outlet (drain) cover is marked “VGB 2008” in compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Safety Act and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Make sure drain covers are properly fitted and paired or have vacuum suction releases to prevent children being trapped under water. Children’s hair, limbs, jewelry or bathing suits can get stuck in a drain or suction opening. When using a spa, be sure to locate the emergency vacuum shutoff before getting in the water.

    4.  Make note of life-saving devices. Pool and spa owners should reserve a spot on a nearby wall or fence for basic life-saving equipment, including a portable or mobile telephone for emergency calls and a list of local emergency numbers. A pole, rope and personal flotation devices are also recommended. When using a pool or spa, be sure to locate these emergency equipment options and know how to use it before getting in the water. Be sure to avoid having electrical devices in the pool or spa area unless they are installed, maintained and inspected by qualified professionals. Electrical devices also need to be protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

    5.  Clean, clear and temperature regulated water is essential for safe pool and spa use. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in 10 routine pool inspections identified pool disinfectant level violations, and about half (56.8 percent) of spas are in violation of local environmental health ordinances. Cryptosporidium (or Crypto) is an extremely chlorine-tolerant parasite that can survive in a properly chlorinated pool for 3.5–10.6 days. While chlorine and other pool disinfectants are the primary barriers to the spread of germs in the water in which we swim, the warm chemically treated water on top does not reach the deeper parts of a pool that sit still and are an ideal breeding place for algae and bacteria. If you cannot see the bottom of the pool at its deepest point, the pool should not be used. For spas, water temperatures should be set to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to avoid elevated body temperature, which could lead to drowsiness, unconsciousness, heat stroke or death.

These safety tips are crucial because every year more than 275 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools, nearly 400 children younger than 15 years old drown, and more than 4,100 children seek medical treatment for pool-related accidents (mostly in backyard pools) according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Excerpt from article by Tara Lukasik, Periodicals Editor for the International Code Council.

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