Sadly, the second largest cause of death in California is drowning. In 1996, California introduced the Pool Safety Act. This Bill required several safety measures to help prevent accidental drownings. It has been revised several times, and in it’s most recent revision requires at least two of seven safety devices.
Also in 2018, it became required for home inspectors to report on the presence or absence of at least two of the seven safety devices listed in the Bill. This is required even if a home buyer does not pay for a full pool inspection.
Here is the full text of Senate Bill 442:
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
Vote: majority Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: yes Local Program: yes
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Pool Safety Act.
The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
Section 7195 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
Section 115922 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
(a) Except as provided in Section 115925, when a building permit is issued for the construction of a new swimming pool or spa or the remodeling of an existing swimming pool or spa at a private single-family home, the respective swimming pool or spa shall be equipped with at least two of the following seven drowning prevention safety features:
Section 115925 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
The requirements of this article do not apply to any of the following:
If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.