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Posted on: July 24, 2018

Adding Safety Features to Pools and Spas Reduces the Incidence of Drownings

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about the pool safety act

To reduce the incidence of drownings in California, the Pool Safety Act  went into effect in January 2018. This law applies to any newly constructed or remodeled pool or spa at a private, single family home. Under the new law, before final building permits are issued, the City's building inspector must confirm the new or remodeled pool or spa has at least 2 of the 7 drowning prevention safety features listed below.

required safety features

  1. An enclosure which meets the requirements and isolates the swimming pool or spa from the home.
  2. Removable mesh fencing that meets specifications in conjunction with a self-latching, self-closing gate, and can accommodate a key lockable device.
  3. An approved safety cover.
  4. Exit alarms on the home's door that provide direct access to the swimming pool or spa.
  5. A self-closing, self-latching device with a release mechanism placed at least 54 inches above the floor on the home's door providing direct access to the pool or spa.
  6. An authorized alarm placed in the swimming pool or spa that will sound upon detection of accidental or unauthorized entrance into the water.
  7. Any other means of protection if the protection is determined to be equal or greater than the previous features.

Although the law only applies to newly constructed or remodeled pools or spas, these safety features are proven to prevent drownings and the City of Yorba Linda, along with Orange County Fire Authority, encourage pool owners to consider installing one or more of these features at home, especially in homes with small children. 

yorba linda Pool & Spa Registry

To receive updates on pool safety initiatives, building code updates, and other safety information, the City encourages residents will pools to join the City's Pool and Spa Registry. For additional drowning prevention information, please visit the Drowning Prevention page of the City website.

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