The safety standards for swimming pool enclosures are clearly stipulated in the construction and regulatory authorities. Therefore, as you strive to create a micro-climate around your swimming pool; authorities are more concerned about the safety aspect of the entire process.
Of course, swimming pool enclosure construction conforms both to the local and international standards.
This ranges from the choice of materials to performance requirements. Again, these safety regulations vary from one region to the other. You should contact city council or relevant regulatory authorities for clarifications.
What are the recommended safety standards?
ASTM and ANSI are used as benchmark safety standards in the construction process, alongside other by-laws. Basically, the two standards mainly focus on the choice of materials and design requirements.
Of course, they also go hand in hand with the standard requirements for the construction of:
- In-ground swimming pool standards – ANSI/NSPI-5.
- On-ground/above-ground swimming pool standards – ANSI/NSPI-4
NOTE: These are mainly for those products that should be most states in the U.S.
Safety standards have become a major concern to most authorities due to the high number of accidents witnessed in the recent past. According to a survey that was conducted in U.S.A, about 350 to 400 children drown in swimming pools every year.
Since swimming pool enclosure systems are in high demand in the U.S., the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been conducting safety awareness campaigns.
They have actually issued guidelines that all manufacturers should follow. The same safety criteria haves also been adopted by a number of countries in the European Market.
Below are some of the most common safety standards for pool enclosure systems that are commonly alluded to:
ASTM Committee F15; this standard focuses on swimming pool covers, pool alarms, and permanent barriers.
All swimming pool enclosure manufacturing companies are required to incorporate additional safety devices to ensure no one drowns accidentally in the swimming pools.
Furthermore, the manufacturers are expected to indicate performance specification and appropriate labelling for all swimming pool enclosure systems.
It is for these safety regulations that manufactures have shifted to polycarbonate swimming pool enclosures as the primary material as opposed to glass. Polycarbonate is generally popular for its shatterproof properties.
Incorporating swimming pool enclosure alarms has also become a necessity. This called for a yet, another standard:
ASTM F 2208; it mainly focuses on the design and installation of swimming pool alarms. Alarms are necessary, especially when unauthorized people want to access the region around the swimming pool.
Other standards that are commonly used include:
ASTM 1908-08; it stipulates guidelines that one should follow when it making swimming pool fences and enclosures.
ASTM F2286-05; it recommends the standard designs and performance specifications of any swimming pool fencing procedure and requirement
So far, the authorities concerned have been working closely with the manufacturing companies to ensure they adhere to this standard. Again, some of these safety standards are being reviewed to ensure they conform to the dynamic safety requirements of the end users.