Thousands of commercial pools and spas across Florida will be subject to new safety standards under a bill that awaits the governor’s signature.
House Bill 849, which passed the state legislature earlier this
month, calls for certain public vessels built before Jan. 1, 1993,
to be retrofitted with one of several devices or systems that
prevents entrapment and evisceration. It also requires that a
licensed pool or spa contractor handle the installation.
“The core responsibility of government is to protect our
citizens to the best of our ability,” said Republican state
Rep. Larry Ahern, who also is a member of the Florida Swimming Pool
Association. “Ideally, I would have liked to be able to talk
about it more before we settled on multiple options. But we can
always go back and address the issue again if there are any
problems with implementation.”