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Per New York State Revision of 19 NYCRR Part 1220 Residential Code and Part 1221 Building Code, each residential swimming pool installed, constructed or substantially modified after December 14, 2006 and each commercial swimming pool installed, constructed or substantially modified after December 14, 2006 shall be equipped with an approved pool alarm which must meet the following criteria:

  • Is capable of detecting a child entering the water and giving an audible alarm when it detects a child entering the water.
  • Is audible poolside and at another location on the premises where the swimming pool is located.
  • Is installed, used, and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Is classified by Underwriter’s Laboratory, Inc. (or other approved independent testing laboratory) to reference standard ASTM F2208, entitled “Standard Specification for Pool Alarms,” as adopted in 2002 and editorially corrected in June 2005, published by ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428; and
  • Is not an alarm device which is located on person(s) or which is dependent on device(s) located on person(s) for its proper operation.

There are three types of alarms currently available which meet the ASTM F2208 Standard, an in-wall transducer system, an over-the-pool wall system, and a floating system.  The in-wall pool transducer system is the costliest but will work for all size pools.  The over-the-wall and in-pool floating system are sometimes constrained by size and shape of pool.  Consult with the pool alarm system manufacturer to determine the applicable unit, quantities and lay out of units.  Recommendations include:

  • Specify Sonar Guard or Pool Patrol system.
  • Provide pool plan drawings to Sonar Guard or Driven Designs (Pool Patrol) as their engineers will design appropriate system and provide bid.
  • Coordinate requirements with architect and project engineers.
  • Update details as required.
  • Update design considerations and MEP coordination letters.

Go to http://www.sonarguard.com or http://www.poolpatrol.com for more information.

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