The days are getting longer and hotter and school is almost out, which leads to but one conclusion: summer is upon us. With summer comes the opening and enjoyment of many community association pools across the state of Ohio. Kaman & Cusimano, LLC would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that there are some new and important safety laws associations with pools must follow.
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is now in effect and applies to pools in Ohio. This new law was created to decrease the number pool drownings, especially by children, caused by pool draining systems. The act requires that all pools must be equipped with federally approved safety drain covers. The act also requires that pools with a single main drain have automatic shut offs or a Safety Vacuum Release System installed. Association pools must comply with these requirements. If your pool is not in compliance with the act, it is legally not allowed to open and the association could face significant fines, or worse, an injury. After all, the goal of everyone involved is for a safe pool environment. For more information on this act, and other important pool safety information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s pool website at www.poolsafety.gov, or talk to your pool service company.