Storable Swimming Pools Can Present Significant Liability
According to SafeKids, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death of children ages 1 to 14. More than half of drownings each year that involve children ages 4 and under, occur in the child's home pool. Children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Drowning typically happens quickly and quietly. Two minutes following submersion a child will lose consciousness. After four to six minutes irreversible brain damage occurs.
With the advent of affordable and easily assembled "storable" pools and the number or young children in many Olathe neighborhoods, residents need to be aware of what safety codes are in place and what needs to be done to comply.
Like most cities in the area, the City of Olathe's codes follows international building code guidelines. Among other safety guidelines, these codes require barriers to prevent small children from venturing into an unattended pool. Barriers are required for above ground storable pools that are 24" or deeper. Pools that are 48" or taller that have removable ladders do not necessarily require fencing as the sides of the pool act as a barrier as long as the ladder is removed.
All storable pools that are 24 inches or deeper require permitting. Because of the increased number of storable pools in the area and to encourage safety code compliance, the City of Olathe is offering free permits and inspections. However, some storable pools may require fencing and other safety devices to receive a permit.
Residents with storable pools are encouraged to contact the City about a free permit and inspection at 971-8575.