ALL SWIMMING POOLS THAT HOLD MORE THAN 24 INCHES OF WATER REQUIRE A PERMIT AND A CODE COMPLIANT BARRIER.
What this means to you is that if you purchase a portable, inflatable, snap together, or expanding pool, you are required to get a permit, and you are required, if it is more than two feet deep, to have a code compliant barrier. Usually this means a four foot fence with a self latching gate. However, circumstances vary. To ensure your situation meets the building code and more importantly, to ensure the safety of your loved ones and neighbors, please visit the Building Office on the lower level of the Town Hall, or contact them at (860) 691-4114.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched a website to educate the public and prevent tragic drowning deaths that can be avoided. We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to review this website:
WWW.POOLSAFELY.GOV. THIS IS PART OF A PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.
East Lyme Public Safety wants you to remember to:
- Never take your eyes off children in the water—not for a minute!
- Always designate a “pool watcher.”
The CPSC estimates that each year nearly 300 children younger than five drown in Swimming pools and spas and more than 3,200 children that age goto hospital Emergency rooms due to submersion injuries in pools and spas.
- Learn how to swim
- Install fences and other barriers (See attachment for more information)
- Know basic water safety skills, such as CPR
- Use pool alarms and covers
ENTRAPMENT CAUSED BY POWERFUL SUCTION FROM A POOL OR SPA’S DRAIN CAN TRAP A CHILD OR ADULT. DO NOT USE A POOL OR SPA IF THERE ARE BROKEN OR MISSING DRAIN COVERS.