Swimming Pool And Spa - Laws - Orange County Home Inspectors

Orange County Home Inspectors say, the new law requires you to follow at least a few of the seven prevention safety features established at the existing law, which at the time only featured one safety rule.

The Seven Drowning Prevention Features:

  • An enclosure that meets the requirements of Section 115923 and isolates the swimming pool or spa from the private single-family home.
  • Removable mesh fencing that meets American Society for Testing and Materials, (ASTM), Specifications F2286 standards in conjunction with a gate that is self-closing and self-latching and can accommodate a vital lockable machine.
  • An approved safety pool cover, as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 115921.
  • Exit alarms on the private single-family home's doors that provide direct access to the swimming pool or spa.
  • A self-closing, self-latching device with a release mechanism placed no less than 54 inches above the floor onto the private single-family home's doors providing direct access to the swimming pool or spa.
  • An alarm that, if placed in a swimming pool or spa, could sound upon discovery of accidental or unauthorized entrance in to the water.
  • The alarm shall fit and be individually certified to the ASTM Standard F2208,"Standard Safety Specification for Residential Pool Alarms."

Other Kinds Of Protection - Orange County Home Inspectors

Orange County Home Inspectors say, other types of safety features can't be followed.

You have to follow the current safety features, even if they're independently verified by an approved testing laboratory.

They have to meet the standards established by the ASTM or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The new law doesn't apply to any existing swimming pools or spas, and owners are not obligated to bring their older pools in compliance with the new standards.


Orange County Home Inspectors say, the renovation of an existing pool or spa requires compliance with all the new standards.

What's more, this new statute doesn't create any new disclosure obligation on the part of agents or single family residential property owners.

However, it will require that home inspectors include of their inspection a noninvasive physical examination of the pool or spa to better identify which of the seven drowning prevention safety features exist.

Their finding must be included in their home inspection report. B&P Section 7195 averts the issuance of a building permit unless and before the two of seven features are properly installed and identified.

It also requires that before a county or city can issue a final approval for the completion of any renovation or construction of a residential property that contains a pool or spa.

The local construction code official will need to inspect the drowning prevention safety features required under the new law.

What Contractors Are Doing

First: If you've got a list of home inspectors to either the Seller or Buyer or possibly, do your research about any you include.

Keep in mind, one safety feature is no longer enough, the law requires two of the seven safety features to be implemented.

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