Swimming Pool Safety – Solutions To Stay Calm
The swimming pool safety law has reduced the number of domestic accidents linked to the possession of a pool by a third; at the same time, the number of people who equip themselves is constantly increasing.
Although the 2004 law imposes a security system on all owners of private swimming pools, it is not the miracle solution to prevent the tragedy: adult vigilance is irreplaceable.
Which swimming pools are affected by these safety devices?
Private swimming pools for individual or collective outdoor use (buried or semi-buried).
Examples: family pools or bodies of water reserved for residents, integrated into holiday villages, hotels, etc.
Swimming pools are not concerned:
- located in a building
- placed on the ground (inflatable or removable)
- Supervised, paying access (e.g.: municipal swimming pools).
Protecting your swimming pool: existing safety devices
In terms of securing swimming pools , 4 devices are currently available: protective barriers , covers, swimming pool shelters and alarms. They must be installed, at the latest, at the end of the construction work.
2 main objectives: prevent access to the pool and alert in the event of a fall.
Prevent access to the basin
At your disposal, either:
- A protective barrier at least 1.10 m high, ideally with an automatically closing gate: it must remain inaccessible to a child under 5 years old.
- A safety cover to close the pool: rolling shutter, rigid cover… In the case of a motorized system, be sure to lock its operation using a code. Please note that this type of cover should not be confused with a simple weather protection tarp or an insulating cover.
- A swimming pool enclosure that completely covers the pool: it must be impassable by children under 5 years old and must have a locking system at the entrance.
Prevent falling: 2 types of sound alarms
- The immersion detection alarm: alert in the event of a child falling into the water
- Perimeter detection alarm: alert when the child approaches the pool.
This system does not close access to the pool. The ideal is to pair it with one of the protections presented above.
Standard-compliant safety devices
- It is up to the manufacturer of the safety device to guarantee that his product complies with the approved standards: as part of this self-certification, the manufacturer himself carries out the tests required by the standard.
- Certification is issued by the National Testing Laboratory under the NF mark. Among other things, the certifier ensures “the commitment of manufacturers to train device installers”.
- A pool owner can obtain proof of certification from the seller or installer. The standards can be purchased online on the Afnor website or in the regional delegations.
- All safety devices must display:
- A marking signifying its compliance with the NF standard,
- The manufacturer’s contact details,
- The model and traceability.
Did you install a security device before the enactment of the 2004 law? 2 options:
- You ask a professional or a technical inspector approved by the State to certify the conformity of the installation.
- You provide the technical proof of compliance yourself.