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California Swimming Pool Safety Act of 1996

In California, drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children ages one through four. For every drowning, five near drowning cases are treated in emergency rooms. The California Swimming Pool Safety Act provides minimum construction standards and lists definitions of items regulated under the act.

Swimming Pool Drowning Update 9/13/12: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release today stating that at least 137 children under the age of 15 drowned in a pool or spa during the summer 2012 season, which began on Memorial Day (May 28) and ended on Labor Day (Sept. 3). In addition to the fatalities, another 168 children required emergency medical treatment for accidents that occurred in pools and spas during that period. Click here to learn more.

Free Swimming Pool Drowning Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has experienced the tragedy of a swimming pool accident or drowning, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

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What’s the problem?

Under the California Swimming Pool Act of 1996, swimming pools must be equipped with at least one of the following safety features:

  • The pool must be equipped with an approved safety pool cover
  • The residence shall be equipped with exit alarms on those doors providing access to the pool
  • All doors providing direct access from the home to the pool shall be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor
  • The pool shall be isolated from access to a home by an enclosure that meets the requirements of section 115923 (reprinted below)
  • Other means of protection, if the degree of protection afforded is equal to or greater than that afforded by any of the devices set forth in the California Swimming Pool Safety Act, as determined by the building official of the jurisdiction issuing the application building permit.

Pool enclosures that meet the California swimming pool safety act under section 115923 must have all of the following characteristics:

  • Any access gates through the enclosure must open away from the swimming pool, and must be self-closing with a self-latching device placed no lower than 60 inches above the ground
  • The enclosure must be a minimum height of 60 inches
  • The enclosure must have a maximum vertical clearance from the ground to the bottom of the enclosure of two inches
  • Gaps or voids, if any, in the enclosure must not allow passage of a sphere equal to or greater than four inches in diameter
  • The enclosure must have an outside surface free of protrusions, cavities, or other physical characteristics that would serve as handholds or footholds that could enable a child below the age of five years to climb over

Do I have a Swimming Pool Drowning Lawsuit?

The Personal Injury & Premises Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in swimming pool drowning lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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