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Fayette County pool owners must adhere to Pennsylvania's Uniform Construction Code.
Uniontown, PA - As Fayette County residents relax poolside this summer, officials hope families will keep safety in mind.
Sarah Harvey, Fayette County Director of Planning, Zoning and Community Development, said pool owners should be familiar with Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC), implemented in 2004.
“I do not want any child to wander off and have easy access to a pool with the potential to drown,” Harvey said, adding she hears about accidental drownings each year that could have been prevented.
Harvey cited the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Drowning Prevention website, which can be accessed at www.cdc.gov/drowning/facts/index.html. According to the CDC, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, behind birth defects.
Harvey and county UCC Administrator Paul Pato, who currently performs inspections for 21 municipalities, aim to quell local drowning statistics by upholding permit and building code requirements.
“The building code currently utilized for pools is the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code,” Harvey said. “It states that the construction of all in-ground pools, as well as the installation of any pool - including storable pools - more than 24 inches in depth, must be permitted and meet certain requirements.”
Some of those requirements include:
“There are a ton of building codes for pools. These are the minimum requirements for all Fayette County municipalities. Some municipalities have stricter requirements,” Harvey said. “Each scenario is different and other codes may apply to you.”
Harvey also said enrolling children in swimming lessons and teaching proper pool safety at a young age can also help reduce drowning incidents significantly. Area organizations offering open swim sessions include:
To learn more about Fayette County’s pool safety regulations, contact Pato at 724-430-1210, ext. 4306.
To learn more about Fayette County, visit www.fayettecountypa.org.
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This communication, among other initiatives, is funded through the 2016 Fayette County Local Share Account (LSA) in cooperation with the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette, The Redstone Foundation and other partners. This funding has been designated for the continued promotion and marketing of Fayette County, PA.
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