Effective Pool Barriers Help Keep Children Safe

Know what the safety barrier requirements are for residential pools in Virginia Beach

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The unofficial start of summer is almost here, which means many residents with pools will be opening them up and diving in. If you own a pool, Code Enforcement wants to remind you that an important part of proper pool maintenance in Virginia Beach includes ensuring effective safety barriers are in place and properly maintained to help keep children safe.

An effective barrier prevents children from going over, under or through the barrier, and keeps them from accessing the pool when supervising adults are not present. There are specific requirements that address in-ground and above-ground pools, and the type and size of safety barriers. Having effective safety barriers in place also applies to hot tubs and spas.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1- to 4-year-olds have the highest drowning rates. Among this age group, most occur in home swimming pools.

Pool owners have special responsibilities to help ensure a safe environment by complying with state and city codes intended to prevent children from accessing swimming pools. More information on these code requirements, including a detailed guidebook with diagrams, is available at www.vbgov.com/poolsafety.

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