Pool Cover Guidelines

Pool Cover Guidelines
GUIDELINES FOR USE OF POOL COVERS
ON PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS
I.
II.
III.
Floating Pool Covers:
A.
The pool must be segregated from all dwelling units by an approved fence
or enclosure. Floating pool covers are not permitted at courtyard pools or
in other situations where there is no fence or enclosure between the living
units and the pool.
B.
The pool must be under the supervision of management personnel or
other responsible person(s) who has sole access to the pool area when it
is not open for use. The pool area must be locked to prevent any usage of
the pool when the cover is in place. The pool may not be reopened for
use until the pool cover has been removed from the pool and properly
stored by the responsible party.
C.
The pool cover, when not in use, must be completely removed, rolled up,
and stored at least four feet away from the pool. In the case of spa pools,
the cover must be physically removed from the immediate premises to
prevent bathers from re-covering the spa pool.
Safety Covers:
A.
The pool cover must meet current American Society for Testing and
Materials, (ASTM Standard F-1346-91) requirements for safety covers.
B.
The cover must be installed and used according to manufacturer’s
instructions.
C.
Provisions must be made for the stair handrail and deep end ladder so
that they are retractable when the cover is in place.
REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIFIC TYPES OF SAFETY COVERS:
A.
Stretch Covers:
1.
Tie down anchors must be designed so that they are fully
recessed into the deck and not a tripping hazard.
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2.
B.
C.
The pool must be under the supervision of management
personnel or other responsible person(s) who has sole access
to the pool area when it is not open for use. The responsible
party must remove and store the pool cover before opening the
pool for use.
On Deck Unit with Surface Mounted Deck Track:
1.
All retracting mechanisms and their associated housing, must
be located a minimum of 4 feet back from the pool edge.
2.
Tracks located on the deck surface must be designed not
exceed a height of 5/8 inch and shall not create a trip hazard.
The track must be of contrasting color to the deck surface. The
track must be installed far enough away from the coping so as
not to interfere with the handhold of the coping. Screws used to
secure the track to the deck must be countersunk.
3.
The track shall not interfere with deck drainage.
4.
The activating switch must be installed so that the operator has
a clear view of the entire pool surface.
5.
The activating switch must be a "dead man" type switch where
the cover will stop once the key is released.
6.
The cover shall be designed such that the person operating the
cover must hold the control switch the entire time the cover is
running.
7.
Provisions must be made to insure that only responsible parties
have keys to operate the pool cover mechanism. Children
should not be allowed to operate the pool cover mechanism.
Sub-surface Unit with Under Coping Track:
1.
The cover must completely retract into the housing unit.
2.
When the cover is retracted, the housing cover must be
completely flush with the pool deck and form a handhold that
extends 1 to 2 inches over the edge of the pool and not exceed
2½ inches in thickness.
3.
The track located under the coping must be designed and
installed so that the total thickness of the coping does not
exceed 2½ inches.
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D.
4.
The sub-surface housing compartment must drain to an
approved disposal system through an air gap. It must not be
directly connected to any sewer or deck drain system.
5.
The activating switch must be installed so that the operator has
a clear view of the entire pool surface.
6.
The activating switch must be a "dead man" type switch where
the cover will stop once the key is released.
7.
The cover shall be designed such that the person operating the
cover must hold the control switch the entire time the cover is
running.
8.
Provisions must be made to insure that only responsible parties
have keys to operate the pool cover mechanism. Children
should not be allowed to operate the pool cover mechanism.
Canopy Type:
1.
Columns and all supporting mechanisms for the canopy must be
located at least 4 feet back from the pool edge when the cover
is retracted.
2.
The activating switch must be installed so that the operator has
a clear view of the entire pool surface.
3.
The activating switch must be a "dead man" type switch where
the cover will stop once the key is released.
4.
The cover shall be designed such that the person operating the
cover must hold the control switch the entire time the cover is
running.
5.
Provisions must be made to insure that only responsible parties
have keys to operate the pool cover mechanism. Children
should not be allowed to operate the pool cover mechanism.
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