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Posted on: April 29, 2019

RELEASE: 19-048 - Fire Department encourages safety first as pool season approaches

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RELEASE: 19-048

VOICE: 417.991.2310




Fire Department encourages safety first as pool season approaches

The time of year to enjoy relaxing and playing in backyard swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs is upon us. Tragically though across the country, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The City of Lebanon Fire Department and Codes Administration want everyone to remain safe while enjoying the pool.

Here are some suggestions for pool safety and code requirements for home pools, spas, and hot tubs within the City of Lebanon.


• Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access.

• Install a pool alarm that goes off inside your home as well as outside if anyone enters the pool.

• Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone.

• Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

• Ensure everyone entering the pool knows how to swim.

• Have a pole you can reach out with or a rope with flotation device attached to it you can throw to swimmers who are struggling in the water.

• Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear.

• Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.

• Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”


• You must obtain a permit to erect or install a swimming pool, spa or hot tub.

• Swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, and in good repair.

• Any body of water 24 inches in depth or more shall be surrounded by a fence or barrier at least 48 inches in height above the finished ground level.

• You must obtain a permit to erect or install a fence.

• Gates in such barriers shall be self-closing and self-latching.

• Where the self-latching device is less than 54 inches above the bottom of the gate, the release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate.

• If the pool is not occupied gates must be closed and latched, ladders shall be removed or lock so there is no entry if an adult is not present.

• Self-closing and self-latching gates shall be maintained to ensure the gate will positively close and latch when released from an open position of 6 inches from the gatepost.

• No existing pool enclosure shall be removed, replaced or changed in a manner that reduces its effectiveness as a safety barrier.

• Pool enclosures and barriers including gates, locks, latches, doors, alarms and any other safety features, including interior child barriers shall be maintained in safe and good working order at all times.

• Wiring methods used in conjunction with permanently installed swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs shall be installed in accordance with Table E4102.1 and Chapter 37 of the International Residential Code.

• Storable swimming pools shall comply with Section E4107 of the International Residential Code.

• All electrical for swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs shall be GFCI protected, grounded and bonded.

(This information is for summary purposes only, all swimming pools, spas and hot tubs must adhere to guidelines set by the City of Lebanon Code of Ordinances. Please reference the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code and 2006 International Residential Code for more information.)

We hope you have a wonderful summer, but please be safe as you are enjoying time with family and friends in your pool!


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