Whether a private or public swimming pool, state regulations are explicit with respect to building codes and minimum safety requirements in order to prevent personal injury to persons participating in the enjoyment of a pool.
State regulations set forth are intended to ensure the safety of all persons enjoying the use of swimming pools. In our effort to help inform pool owners or operators, Carter Mario offers insight into some of the basic laws regulating the construction and safety precautions regulated by the state building codes.
State building inspectors have provided guidelines for residential swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs. While the following is not an exhaustive list of Connecticut pool regulations, it is helpful in understanding there are highly restrictive measures necessary to prevent personal injury and to save lives with respect to using a pool facility.
As defined in the Connecticut General Statutes, a pool alarm shall be installed for the purpose of emitting a warning at a minimum sound level of 50 decibels when a person or object weighing 15 pounds or more enters the pool. You also must have a self-closing/self-latching fence of at least 4 feet in height surrounding the pool with no larger than a 4-inch opening between the posts. Experts highly recommend that pool owners have a shepherd’s crook, ring buoy, and life vests available. They also encourage the use of depth markers at every other foot and a divider between the deep and shallow ends.
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At Carter Mario, we understand the importance of complying with state regulations established for the purpose of protecting everyone in the pursuit of the benefits provided by the use of recreational pools, spas, and hot tubs. While these regulations may seem confusing, we want to help ensure all the necessary precautions are complied with for the safety and pleasure of all parties concerned.