Town of Hanson
Swimming pools can provide a place for enjoyment and exercise, but they can also pose~a serious danger if precautions are not taken when they are left unattended or unsecured.~ Each year~the news relates~stories about swimming pool drowning and injuries.~ This information may help to lessen the number of those stories.
~The state building code defines a Swimming Pool as: "Any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that contains water over 24 inches in depth. This includes in-ground, above ground and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs and spas".
~All swimming pools require the issuance of~a *Building permit ($50.00 fee for above ground, $100.00 fee for in ground) prior to installation, construction and\or use.
~~~~~~~~~~~ Some building code safety requirements for swimming pools are identified below.~ Please reference Section 3109 of the base code and Appendix G of the Single and Two-Family Dwelling Code~~ for further provisions.~ Also, please remember that Massachusetts~General Law establishes additional requirements for public and semi-public swimming pools and that Massachusetts has amended certain provisions of the IBC and IRC relating to swimming pool safety.
- ~Swimming Pools shall be provided with a barrier at least 48 inches above grade either a permanent wall or fence is considered a barrier and there are restrictions on the climb ability of fence and wall barriers.
- The barrier shall be at grade or in the case of some above ground pools mounted on top of the pool structure.~ The wall of the above ground pool can serve as the barrier if it is a minimum of 48" from grade to top of pool wall.
- For above ground pools that are 48 inches in height and are accessed via a ladder and/or stairs, the stairs and/or ladder shall be removal and/or retractable. Where fixed stairs/ladders are used; the stairs/ladders shall be protected by a barrier.
- When an access gate is installed within a barrier; the access gate shall be self closing and self-latching; additionally, the gate shall open outward away from the swimming pool.
- Where a wall of a dwelling is used as a barrier and there is direct access from the dwelling to the swimming pool, at least one of the following options shall be used:
- The pool shall be provided with a power safety cover;~
- All doors with direct access through that wall shall be provided with an audible warning alarm; or
- Other means of protection, affording the same degree of pool barrier protection that is~approved by the~building official~may be utilized.
- ~Convenient portable inflatable swimming pools that contain water over 24 inches are required to meet the same requirements as permanent swimming pools. ~
Reduce the risk of electrical shock
- Electrical work is required to conform to the MA Electrical Code (527 CMR 12.00).
- As a safety rule of thumb, do not run extension cords to provide power for filtration and lighting in or around the swimming pool.
~It is a good practice to post swimming pool use safety rules in and around~the pool area; be sure that your family and guests are aware~of the rules and enforce the rigorously.~ Always be~cautious when~~ young children have access to a pool.~ Make certain that children understand the dangers and the rules that have been developed to help keep them safe.~ Never let young children use~a pool without adult supervision and be sure to follow all code safety requirements when installing\constructing a swimming pool.~~~
*Requirements for Residential Pool Building Permits for Hanson: Plot plans and pool specs required. Lot line set backs are 20’ and 20’ from any structure. Pool must be 20’ from leaching for in-ground and 10’ for above ground. Wiring permits are also required in conjunction with the building permit.