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This specification deals with the performance requirements for pool alarms for residential swimming pools and spas. This specification covers devices that provide for rapid and automatic detection and alarm in cases of unintentional, unsupervised or accidental entry of a child one year of age or older into the water of swimming pools or spas. This specification is not intended to replace other standard safety requirements that should be in place, that is, adult supervision, fences, gates, locks, and so forth. This specification covers four different types of alarms: Type A, Surface—Pool alarm floating on water surface; Type B, Subsurface—Pool alarm located below the water surface; Type C, Pool Perimeter—Pool alarm located such as to detect movement at the perimeter of or above the water surface; and Type D, Personal Immersion Alarm—Pool alarm device located on the person(s).
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1.1 This safety specification covers safety and performance requirements for pool alarms for residential swimming pools and spas.
1.2 This safety specification describes devices intended to improve personal safety and reduce injuries or deaths.
1.3 This safety specification covers devices that provide for rapid and automatic detection and alarm in cases of unintentional, unsupervised or accidental entry of a child one year of age or older into the water of swimming pools or spas.
1.4 This safety specification is not intended to replace other standard safety requirements that should be in place, that is, adult supervision, fences, gates, locks, and so forth.
1.5 This safety specification covers four different types of alarms.
1.6 The detection criteria for this safety specification is for a child one year of age and older.
1.7 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.8 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.9 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
ANSI StandardsANSI Z535.4 Product Safety Signs and Labels ANSI Z535.6
ICS Number Code 13.320 (Alarm and warning systems); 97.220.10 (Sports facilities)
UNSPSC Code 49241700(Swimming pool and spa equipment and supplies); 46161603(Pool alarms)
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ASTM F2208-08(2019), Standard Safety Specification for Residential Pool Alarms, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.orgBack to Top