ASTM F2518 - 06

    Standard Guide for Use of a Residential Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Safety Audit to Prevent Unintentional Drowning

    Active Standard ASTM F2518 | Developed by Subcommittee: F15.49

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.11


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides a safety audit system for the evaluation of residential pools, spas, and hot tubs based on a layers-of-protection approach to reduce the incidence of drowning involving young children.

    1.2 This guide addresses the hazard of unintentional or unsupervised entry of young children into the water of pools, spas, and hot tubs.

    1.3 This guide does not address all of the hazards present when a swimming pool, spa, or hot tub is considered not operational, that is, no intent of being used for an extended period of time for reasons such as closed for the season.

    1.4 The values given in inch-pound units are to be considered the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    UL Standard

    UL2017 Standard for Safety General-Purpose Signaling Devices and Systems--Section 77 Tests--Residential Water-Hazard Entrance Alarm Equipment

    ASTM Standards

    F1346 Performance Specification for Safety Covers and Labeling Requirements for All Covers for Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

    F1908 Guide for Fences for Residential Outdoor Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas

    F2090 Specification for Window Fall Prevention Devices With Emergency Escape (Egress) Release Mechanisms

    F2208 Safety Specification for Residential Pool Alarms

    F2286 Design and Performance Specification for Removable Mesh Fencing for Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas

    ANSI Standard

    ANSI/NSPI–8 Model Barrier Code for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.220.10 (Sports facilities)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 49241700(Swimming pool and spa equipment and supplies)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F2518-06

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F2518-06, Standard Guide for Use of a Residential Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Safety Audit to Prevent Unintentional Drowning, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006, www.astm.org

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