NY LAW: Mandatory Swimming Pool Alarms

A boy in a children's swimming pool.Image via WikipediaIf you have installed or modified a swimming pool in NY since December, 2006, you should know that NY law REQUIRES you to install a swimming pool alarm. Although none of us likes to spend more money to buy safety devices, we just have to keep in mind that they save lives and we all know you can’t put a price on that….

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Jim Reed
NY Accident & Injury Lawyer
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Below is a story that WETM-TV, Elmira, NY, did on this pool alarm law:

NYS Pool Alarm Law Permanent
Reported by: Naveen Dhaliwal

ELMIRA HEIGHTS – New York State lawmakers have finally made a two year old pool alarm rule permanent. If you put a pool in your backyard, you need to have an alarm on it.

State lawmakers passed an emergency ruling two years ago that required all commercial and personal swimming pools to have an alarm system. That ruling expired last month and state lawmakers have now permanently adopted it.

Officials say alarms are required on all pools built or modified after December 14th of 2006. Experts say the temporary blows up pools also need to have alarms.

“Two bolts go into the top rail of the pool, and then the alarm just sits inside. It takes a 9 volt battery. Then there’s a separate remote that plugs into an outlet in your house so can hear it from in the house or out,” says Tom Witzel of Hesselson’s.

The cost of the alarms can range between $200 up to thousands of dollars.

Code enforcement officials say if you get caught without an alarm, you will be given a warning. After that you can get fined up to $1000 a day until an alarm is placed.

Officials say the law was originally put in place because 26 infants and children under the age of 14 drowned in a pool in 2002.

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I am an attorney from Elmira, N.Y. representing people who have been injured by the negligence of others. For more than 20 years, I have practiced in the state and federal courts of both New York and Pennsylvania in the areas of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Legal Malpractice. Circle Jim on Google+! I am proud to be a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Forum membership is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement of One Million Dollars or more. I have been fortunate to recover many multi-million dollar recoveries for my clients. I am also proud of the fact that WETM-TV selected me as their local legal expert. I am featured on the Noon News on Wednesdays when I respond to listeners' legal questions. If you have a legal question, feel free to E-mail it to me at [email protected] and I will be happy to address your question either via E-mail or on WETM. I am a lifelong resident of Elmira where I live with my wife and three children. When I am not working, I can often be found on my bicycle as I am an avid bicycle racer having competed in races all over the country including a 508 mile team race through Death Valley (The Furnace Creek 508) and a 540 mile race through the Cascade Mountains of Oregon (The Race Across Oregon). I have lectured frequently on many law-related topics and I have been published in the New York State Bar Journal, which is the largest and most prestigious legal publication in New York State. I am happy to speak to local civic groups so please feel free to E-mail me at [email protected] or call me at 1-800-Zifflaw (943-3529) .

5 thoughts on “NY LAW: Mandatory Swimming Pool Alarms

  1. Good to know, hope they don’t do that here in FL! If I am understanding correctly, they are legislating away to fix bad parenting?

    Of course it is a good option for parents to have these alarms, but to be required? So even a person without kids, would be forced to get a alarm? Seems drastic.

  2. Dave:

    Sorry but I have to respectfully disagree. As the father of three teens, I remember all too well that when my kids were toddlers, despite the fact that both my wife and I were very attentive parents, the little buggers could occassionally escape and disappear. Luckily, nothing bad happened but rather than relying on good luck, I would prefer that folks who own pools take precautions to try to avoid a tragedy. I know having to put up fences, gates and alarms, is an expense but as someone who has met with too many grieving families over the last 20+ years, I can tell you that it’s a small price to pay if it saves a single life…..

    Jim Reed
    N.Y. & PA Accident Lawyer
    [email protected]

  3. I believe that is the greatest idea i have heard in a while. Some parents are not catious enough and seem to be distracted to other things then their children. To avoid death of a innocent life for a small price is well worth it.

  4. Does the Title 19 (NYCRR) Section 1228.2. Swimming pool alarms apply within NYC? Is there a specific NYC rule or regulation that adresses this important item?…Thanks

  5. Gary:

    It is my understanding that the regulations set forth in the NYCRR apply throughout NY State INCLUDING NYC.

    Thanks for your question.

    Thanks, Jim
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    James B. Reed, Esq.
    Personal Injury & Malpractice Attorney
    Ziff Law Firm, LLP

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