New Rules For Pool And Hot Tub Owners

According to the safe kids coalition, drowning is the number 2 accidental injury related killer of children ages one to 14 across the U.S.

The Onslow County Commissioners have adopted a new ordinance they hope will prevent drownings and injuries.

Starting next November, any outdoor swimming pool, above or in the ground, that contains more than 2 feet of water, must be contained within a fence, or a solid wall that's 4 feet tall.

All fences must have a latch or lock.

Spas and hot tubs must be locked with a safety cover.


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  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Nov 5, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    I am surprised the new ordinance wasn't put into place YEARS ago! NC needs to catch up with the rest of society.
  • by Wendy Location: Hampstead on Nov 5, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    Onslow County has adopted Appendix G of the 2009 NC Building code (which is the same as the ICC Code). If an above ground pool wall has a solid wall 4' high and a ladder that is removable or lockable it does not need a fence. A spa does not need a fence either. All pools over 2' in depth regardless where purchased or who puts them together are required to have a zoning and building permit. This is for your safety and well being of underground (septic) systems. Wendy Purser Government Relations Advisory Committee Association of Pool and Spa Professionals Hampstead Pool, Spa & Patio Hampstead, NC
  • by Elaine Location: Onslow County on Nov 5, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    so I have a Pool. 4 years do I have to put a fence around it or am I grandfathered in ?
  • by What next Location: ENC on Nov 5, 2009 at 04:27 AM
    Another knee jerk reaction.
  • by What next? Location: ENC on Nov 5, 2009 at 03:47 AM
    Another knee jerk reaction...First they take away our ability to properly correct unruly behavior in our children without being locked up, then we have to protect the little darlings from getting into other peoples things that might do them harm after telling them that they are not responsible for anything they do. I was raised to stay off other peoples property unless invited...several severe whippings when very young reinforced this...I have never been involved with anything that would bring the law down on me or disgrace my family......I wonder if any of these commisioners have any connection to any fence company.
  • by jim bible Location: beaufort on Nov 4, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    I say NO"there are other ways 2 keep kids out of your pool,A lock down tops or clovers,kids can climb over a fence,an you still can B suited 4 personal injury or death
  • by Ozone Location: Belhaven on Nov 4, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    Thats Stupid--
    • reply
      by me on Aug 6, 2011 at 11:57 AM in reply to Ozone
      All the county wamts is your $65.00
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