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State reinforces law requiring swimming pool alarms

The state published emergency regulations regarding swimming pool safety this week in hopes to prevent children from drowning this summer season. The regulations reinforce a law already in effect that

News 12 Staff

Jul 3, 2008, 11:17 PM

Updated 5,862 days ago

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The state published emergency regulations regarding swimming pool safety this week in hopes to prevent children from drowning this summer season.
The regulations reinforce a law already in effect that requires pools installed, built or modified after Dec. 2006 to be equipped with alarms. Pool alarms are not required in hot tubs or spas with safety covers, or any swimming pool equipped with an automatic power safety cover.
Mike Schussel from Syosset says he would never let his young son Todd play at any of the neighborhood pools that didn?t have an alarm. ?It could always happen,? Todd Schussel says. ?There's always a chance. You gotta be safe."
Different alarms are available for in-ground and above-ground pools. The alarms sound when sensors are activated by wave-induced pressure. State law requires the devices be capable of detecting a child entering the water and then giving an audible alarm.
Bob Lucia of Suntek Pools and Spas in Farmingdale says the alarms sell from $150 to $250. He says it may not be wise to buy alarms that are below that price range.
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Additional Pool requirements can be found at the NYS Department of Health Web siteClick on Table of Contents then NEXT till SUBPART 6-1 SWIMMING POOLSSubpart 6-1 does not apply to swimming pools, or other bathing facility, owned and/or maintained by an individual for the use of family and friends


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