With nearly year round warm weather, Florida is the perfect place for a backyard pool. While not everyone can afford an in ground pool, many can afford a cheaper version—the above ground pool. What many Floridians may not know is that their above ground pool could be breaking the law. Though quite a bit cheaper, above ground pools are required to adhere to the same safety statutes that the more expensive in ground pools must adhere to.
According to state law, a pool of any type that’s over 24 inches deep must have a barrier, and a property fence doesn’t count. Such laws are mandated by Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act, which was designed to prevent the accidental drowning of children. Studies have shown that, every five days during a Florida summer, a child under the age of five drowns in a residential pool. Every swimming pool in Florida is required to have a barrier surrounding it that is at least 48 inches high. Read the rest »