At the beginning of 2018, California lawmakers passed a new law regarding residential pool safety barriers. Known as SB-442, the law stipulates residential swimming pools must be enclosed and equipped with one or more life saving devices.
The law is designed to increase the safety in and around residential swimming pools. In California, drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1-4, and the leading cause of hospitalizations with brain injuries caused by lack of oxygen, an obvious reason why lawmakers passed this policy.
The law outlines seven drowning prevention safety features: at least one of the seven safety features must be equipped on a new construction swimming pool, newly remodeled swimming pool, or pool at a home which is in the process of being sold.
A home inspection is required for any home purchase. A home inspector will use the guidelines set forth in SB-442 to determine if the pool is equipped with at least one drowning prevention safety feature. Permits are also issued for new construction and newly remodeled pools.
An abbreviated list of the seven safety requirements is below. Use the California Legislative Information website to view the full list of requirements.
In California, residential swimming pools must have:
Pools subjected to SB-442 include older pools undergoing a remodel, new construction pools, and any pool involved in the sale of a home. When a home inspection finds that a pool lacks proper safety barriers, owners will be required to update their pool prior to receiving a permit.
Once the safety barrier is installed, the home owner will receive the permit.
If you have questions about pool safety or you are interested in a pool inspection, North American Home Services can help! We have completed thousands of home and pool inspections all over northern California. Our experts can assist you when it comes properly securing your pool.