As summer really turns up the heat, it is normal for everyone is Florida to try to find some relief. Many people turn to their own backyard pools. Floating around in cool water can really help beat the heat. However, backyard pools are a serious safety risk to not only you and your family but anyone else in the area. That is why there are specific rules that you must follow to help ensure that nobody can wander into your pool and get hurt.

The Pinellas County Florida website explains that you must include safety features when adding a pool to your backyard. You must have a barrier around your pool or a safety cover on the pool. You also need to make sure it is at least four feet high and 20 inches from the edge of the pool. If you are using your home as part of the barrier, then you must have alarms on the windows and any doors that lead to the pool area.

There are some exceptions to these rules, and there are additional requirements for backyard pools. However, these are the main requirements and rules. In general, the rules make sure that no child can just wander into your backyard and get into the pool without you knowing. Whether that child is coming from inside your home or from next door. These safety measures help to combat child drownings that are so prominent in the summer months. This information is for education and is not legal advice.