Pool safety and maintenance

You own a house with a private pool,  you’re thinking of buying a villa with a pool or you want building a swimming-pool ? It’s important to be familiar with French regulations governing safety.

Regulations governing private swimming pools

Private family swimming pools are subject to the provisions of law no. 2003-9 of January 3, 2003 on swimming pool safety.

Since January 1, 2004, the installation of standardized safety equipment around private in-ground or semi-in-ground pools for individual use has been mandatory, as stipulated in decree no. 2004-499 of June 7, 2004.

Four pool safety devices

The law specifies four devices that must comply with Afnor standards.

Pool alarm

Peripheral or immersed, the alarm is the most discreet system. It warns of danger if you cross an infrared line or fall into the water.

Safety blanket

This is rolled out over the water and must withstand a weight of up to 100 kg. There are a few different types of cover or shutter, combining safety, water protection and temperature maintenance.

Pool fences

With a minimum height of 1.10 meters, the fence completely closes off access. The gate must be equipped with a locking system that is inaccessible to children.

Pool enclosure

The pool enclosure is available in 3 systems: low, telescopic, and high. The latter offers the possibility of swimming in all weathers.

Documents required.

  • Pools built before 2004: you must have the compliance of the safety equipment certified by a government-approved professional: manufacturer, vendor, or technical inspector.
  • Pools built after 2004: the builder or installer must have provided proof that the installation complies with legal requirements.

Failure to comply with the law can result in a fine of up to €45,000.

In addition to legal obligations, the first rule of common sense is never to let a child near a swimming pool without adult supervision.

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