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Florida – HB 805/SB 724 (Pool/Spa Alarms, Fencing, and or Covers)

Issue: Alarms, Safety Features and Barriers

Affects:  Those who build pools/spas

Send comments to:  Regan Ratliff, rratliff@phta.org

Bill Summary: This bill pertains to ‘Kacen’s Cause’, a bill intended to create safer swimming laws in order to save lives.  This measure would change the current barrier law to require residential swimming pools to have two, instead of one, of the following safety features before passing a final inspection and receiving a certificate of completion:

1) The pool must be isolated from access to a home by an enclosure that meets existing pool barrier requirements;

2) The pool must be equipped with an approved safety pool cover; 

3) All doors and windows providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with an exit alarm that has a minimum sound pressure rating of 85 decibel levels at 10 feet;

4) All doors providing direct access from the home to the  pool must be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor;

5) A swimming pool alarm that, when placed in a pool, sounds an alarm upon detection of an accidental or unauthorized entrance into the water. Such pool alarm must meet and be independently certified to ASTM Standard F2208 and infrared alarms.

Additionally, this measure prohibits a swimming pool owner from transferring ownership of a swimming pool unless the pool meets at least two of the barrier requirements.

The bill would also add an inspection of swimming pool safety features to the list of items a home inspector report must include.

Status: Both bills died May 3, 2019.

HB: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/805/BillText/Filed/PDF

SB: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/724/BillText/Filed/PDF