Professional Swimming Pool Inspection services in Florida
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Florida pool inspection is a part of home inspection services by US Inspect. It includes the testing of swimming pools and equipment, and this will be a basic visual evaluation and description of all areas and recommendations.
A brief overview of pool safety items advised by the consumer product safety commission.
CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign provides helpful water safety materials, such as brochures, tip cards, videos, and public service announcements (PSAs), which recommend multiple safety systems to safeguard children in and around the water.
Since no safety system is foolproof, the Pool Safely campaign suggests that each protective measure be used in conjunction with adult supervision and other types of safety systems.
Barriers, alarms, and safety covers are critical water safety steps, yet none of them are sufficient to serve as the sole safety system for a pool or spa.
An outdoor swimming pool barrier is a physical obstacle that surrounds a pool or spa so that access to the water is limited to adults. – A successful pool barrier prevents a child from getting over, under, or through it to gain access to the pool or spa.
FENCE AND WALLS
- The fence or other barrier should be at least four feet high or taller. It should have no footholds or handholds that could help a young child to climb it.
- Vertical fence slats should be less than four inches apart to prevent a child from squeezing through.
- If the fence is chain link, then no part of the diamond-shaped opening should be larger than 1-3/4 inches.
- The maximum clearance at the bottom of the barrier should not exceed four inches above grade.
For above-ground pools, there are two recommended ways to prevent young children from climbing into the pool.
The steps or ladder into the pool can be secured, locked, or removed to prevent access, or a barrier such as a fence can surround the steps or ladder.
- Fence gates should open out from the pool and should be self-closing and self-latching. The gate should be well maintained to close and latch easily. The latch should be out of a child’s reach.
- If a gate is properly designed, even if the gate is not completely latched, a young child pushing on the gate to enter the pool area will at least close the gate and may actually engage the latch.
- The release mechanism for the gate should be at least three inches below the top of the gate on the side facing the pool.
- The gate should have no opening greater than 1/2 inch within 18 inches of the latch release mechanism. This prevents a young child from reaching through the gate and releasing the latch.
Alarms for doors, gates, windows, and pools or spas are safety features designed to alert adults when unsupervised children enter the area of the pool or spa.
To alert adults when unsupervised children enter the pool or spa area, families can use an alarm system for gates, doors, windows, and pools, or spas.
These are effective protective measures to employ in residential and public settings.
There are a number of different types of alarms that can be used in and around a pool or spa. These alarms, which emit an audible sound when triggered, include:
- Gate alarms that are mounted on the pool or spa gate and have magnetic switches that activate when the gate is opened.
- Door alarms are used when a house serves as the fourth wall of the perimeter of a pool, which activates when the house door is opened.
- Window alarms that, like door alarms, are used if the house makes up a wall of the pool perimeter and activates when the window is opened.
- Pool or spa floating or wave alarms that are mounted on the edge of the pool or in the water and activate when water is displaced.
- Alarm should sound for 30 seconds or more, and within 7 seconds after it is activated.
- Alarms should meet the requirements of UL 2017 General-Purpose Signaling Devices and Systems, Section 77.
- Alarm should be loud: at least 85 dBA (decibels) when measured 10 feet away from the alarm mechanism.
- The alarm sound should be distinct from other sounds in the house, such as the telephone, doorbell, and smoke alarm.
- The alarm should have an automatic reset feature. The alarm should have a switch that allows adults to temporarily deactivate the alarm for up to 15 seconds. The deactivation switch could be a touchpad (keypad) or a manual switch and should be located out of reach of children.
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