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Is Your Swimming Pool Ready For Summer?

A deep dive into pool maintence and safety

The heat is on and Hillsborough County residents are ready to cool off! Here's three ways homeowners can get their private swimming pool ready for summer:

1. Safe 

To prevent accidental drownings all swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas - regardless of when they were constructed - are required to have the proper fencing and safety barriers installed. In addition to the general requirements enforced for all swimming pools, public pools used by residents are required to be enclosed by barriers of at least six feet in height and have the proper signage posted.

2. Secure

If a pool enclosure has an access gate, it must also be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching locking device. Homeowners can reduce their safety risk and avoid a citation by checking their functional access gate to ensure it meets the County's standard.

3. Sanitary

A clean swimming pool is a must. Pollen, leaves, and other organic material can transform a backyard oasis into a green lagoon if not properly maintained. To prevent this from happening to their property, residents should maintain pools and spas year-round and remove standing water from the top of pool and spa covers. Doing so will prevent mosquitoes, bacteria, and germs from breeding.

Prefer to wade at your local public pool? Code Enforcement is ensuring that your favorite swimming hole up to code with the newly established inspection program. The initiative applies to all public swimming pools in the unincorporated county and involves annual site inspections ahead of swim season as well as education on drowning prevention, standard maintenance, enclosure requirements, and signage specifications.

Learn more about how the County's tackling drowning head on.

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