HB 1303 POOL/SPA ALARMS (Formerly HD482)
Those who build or alter residential swimming pools.
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This measure defines a pool alarm as a device which meets and is
independently certified to the ASTM Standard F 2208 Standards Specification for
Pool Alarms which includes surface motion, pressure, sonar, laser, and infrared
type alarms. Pool alarms shall not include swimming protection alarm devices
designed for individual use, such as an alarm attached to a child that sounds when
the child exceeds a certain distance or becomes submerged in water.
measure defines a swimming pool as any structure that contains water over 24
inches in depth and which is used, or intended to be used, for swimming or
recreational bathing located indoors or outdoors and which is available only to
the family and guests of a residential household, including in-ground,
above-ground and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.
building permit shall be issued for the construction or substantial alteration
of a swimming pool at a residence occupied by, or being built for, one or more
families unless a pool alarm is installed with the private swimming pool. No
swimming pool shall be used for swimming or recreational bathing unless a pool
alarm is installed with the swimming pool by the owner of the residence. Every
swimming pool shall be inspected annually by the inspector of buildings of each
city and town in which said pool is located for the presence of an operating
pool alarm. Each owner or tenant of every residence required to have a pool
alarm in accordance with this section who fails to comply with this section
regarding pool alarms shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 for
It appears this bill would not be consistent
with the ISPSC or APSP barrier standards in that it is requiring an alarm for
the pool or spa (including portable spa) itself that is in addition to or
separate from any other barrier requirements such as fences, covers, alarms on
windows and doors, etc. Therefore, for example, a portable spa would have to
have the lockable cover but also one of these alarms.
Status: Referred to Joint Committee on
Public Health and Homeland Security January 23, 2017