Swimming Pool Regulations
The new safety regulations
Monday 8 March 2004, by
New laws have been introduced in France to enhance the safety and security of swimming pools.
These laws mainly concern in ground pools.
Now that the dust has settled and the new standards have been established, we can tell you what security devices you can install to make your pool conform to the new regulations.
But you better be fast about it as there is a possible 45000 euro fine for non compliance. The first of May 2004 is the final date for pools that are subject to rentals and all pools built after 2003, private pools have until 1st January 2006.
Before installing any sytem check with your insurers that the sytem is acceptable to them.
It would appear that you have a choice between the following four systems, although common sense dictates that a safe enclosure together with an alarm would be more effective than either of these systems in isolation.
The simplest system is that of an alarm that conforms to the new AFNOR standard.
There are several on the market at prices ranging up to 900 Euros.
The best are fixed just back from the edge of the pool with a trunk that drops into the water, powered by a solar charged lithium battery they need no electrical wiring. These are suitable where the pool is close to the house so that the alarm can be easily heard.
Next, surprisingly, pool covers are allowed. These must conform to the AFNOR standard and be strong enough to bear the weight of a man. There are a variety of reinforced covers on the market, some that work with rollers.
Pool shelters, both permanent and the telescopic variety conforming to the AFNOR standard are considered OK.
Last fencing is also acceptable as long as it conforms to the new AFNOR standard. This controls distance from the water (at least a metre) height constriction, fixing etc.
All safety equipment must be regularly maintained and you must keep records of this.
You will find that the larger French building mechants, such as Union and a lot of the swimming pool firms can and will supply you with your chosen safety equipment.