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Posted on: June 7, 2018

June is Pool Safety Month


____: All pool gates to open from pool area and be self-closing and self-latching.

____: Outdoor pools shall be surrounded by a barrier by either-

          a) A 48 inch barrier (fence) at least 48 inches above grade measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the pool. Such height shall exist around the entire perimeter of the barrier.

          b) Where the top of the pool is above grade, and any portion of the pool wall is less than 48 inches above grade, the barrier shall be installed on the pool or around the pool.

____: The self-latching device needs to be 54 inches from the ground of the gate location.

____: Where the release mechanism of the self-latching device is located less than 54 inches from grade, the release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate not less than 3 inches below the top of the gate, and the gate and barrier shall have no opening greater than ½ inch within 18 inches of the latch release mechanism.

____: When the house wall forms part of the pool barrier, all doors which give direct access to swimming pool area has to be equipped with an audible alarm which sounds when the door and/or screen are open. The alarm should sound for 30 seconds or more within 7 seconds after the door is opened. The alarm sound needs to be at least 85 decibels when measured 10 feet away from the alarm mechanism.

____: No power is to be buried within 5 feet of the pool unless required for the pool.

____: If in nonmetallic raceways it must be 18 inches deep, if in rigid metal conduit it can be a 6 inches depth.

____: Receptacles to power the pumps and pool equipment must be between 5 and 10 feet from the inside wall of the pool, all other receptacles shall be at least 10 feet from the pool and any within 20 feet shall be GFCI protected.

____: The receptacle that powers the pool equipment shall have a “in use” watertight cover.

____: All pool pumps, heater and equipment shall have a #8 AWG ground wire with ground rod per manufactures specifications.

____: There shall be no direct connections to the potable water supply unless a RPZ style back flow preventer is provided and installed by an Illinois State Licensed plumber.

____: Plastic gas piping shall be buried 18 inches and must be protected above ground, it shall also have an 18 gauge yellow tracer wire installed adjacent to it. All fittings and piping shall be approved for use with the type of gas being used.

____: All pools shall be 10 feet from structures including houses, sheds, or garages.

____: Above ground pools shall be 10 feet from septic fields. In ground pools shall have a distance of not less than 25 feet from septic fields.

Additional 2015 International Residential Code and the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code Requirements may be requested from the Building Department.

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