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New York State Pool Alarm Law Permanent

NY LAW: Mandatory Swimming Pool Alarms

New York State lawmakers have finally made a two year old pool alarm rule permanent. If you put a pool in your backyard, you need to have an alarm on it.

State lawmakers passed an emergency ruling two years ago that required all commercial and personal swimming pools to have an alarm system. That ruling expired last month and state lawmakers have now permanently adopted it.

Officials say alarms are required on all pools built or modified after December 14th of 2006. Experts say the temporary blows up pools also need to have alarms.

“Two bolts go into the top rail of the pool, and then the alarm just sits inside. It takes a 9 volt battery. Then there’s a separate remote that plugs into an outlet in your house so can hear it from in the house or out,” says Tom Witzel of Hesselson’s.

The cost of the alarms can range between $200 up to thousands of dollars.

Code enforcement officials say if you get caught without an alarm, you will be given a warning. After that you can get fined up to $1000 a day until an alarm is placed.

Officials say the law was originally put in place because 26 infants and children under the age of 14 drowned in a pool in 2002.

New Regulations Requiring Pool Alarms

Thinking about having that pool installed in the back yard? Well if so, you are going to have to install a pool alarm to prevent drowning incidents. Yesterday the Department of State announced new emergency regulations which provide that any residential or commercial swimming pool constructed or substantially modified after December 14, 2006 will require an acceptable pool alarm capable of detecting a child entering the water and giving an audible alarm. According to the Department of State, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths in children between the ages of one and fourteen nationwide, and the third leading cause of injury-related deaths of children in New York. There are now several different types of pool alarms designed to sound a warning if a child falls into the water.

The new rules will be contained in a new part 1288.2 of 19 NYCRR - the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and they are similar to other emergency rules, the latest which expired on June 21, 2007. The State Department intends to adopt these new emergency rules as permanent.

Hot tubs and spas equipped with safety covers are exempted from the new rules.