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Pool Safety Rules May Apply To Short-Term Rentals

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 8:37pm.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Proposes Pool Safety Rules ChangesA rule change proposal from the Consumer Product Safety Commission would look at pools and spas in short-term rentals, including those in single-family homes, and consider them public facilities bound by the U.S. Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

The new proposed definition would define public accommodations facility as "an inn, hotel, motel, or other place of lodging, including, but not limited to, rental units rented on a bi-weekly or weekly basis."

While other requirements will also apply, the Act specifically mandates safety rules for drain covers and will supersede any weaker state laws governing pool safety.

To read the complete Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (PDF format), go to: www.cpsc.gov/pssa.pdf

The Commission has opened a public comment period on this proposed rule change. To comment, you can find instructions at: edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-26520.htm

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2 Responses to "Pool Safety Rules May Apply To Short-Term Rentals"

Susan in Mesa wrote:
What an interesting law. When I read things like this, it really makes me wonder what the push behind it was. Why is this a necessary law, how did it become a problem?

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 2:53pm.

Benjamin wrote:
Typical nanny state gov't reaction IMHO.

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 7:36pm.



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