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The NF P 90-308 standard

The Law of 3 January 2003 introduced a certain number of obligatory safety and preventive measures concerning swimming pools, with the aim of reducing deaths from drowning.

Since 1st January 2006, all swimming pools of the following types must meet the requirements of this law:

  • Family pools or those reserved for residents
  • Swimming pools in holiday villages, hotels, hotel rental accommodation and camp sites
     

A set of four standards relating to protective equipment for swimming pools were drawn up by an AFNOR standardisation committee. Among them, standard NF P 90-308 lays down the minimum safety requirements, test methods and consumer information relating to safety covers and their fastening systems in order to prevent children under the age of 5 accidentally falling into swimming pools.

The types of covers concerned by these safety requirements are as follows:

  • Automatic, semi-automatic, manual slatted covers, submerged or not, encased or not,
  • Bar-supported covers,
  • Opaque or filtering winter covers,
     
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To give you a general overview of the safety requirements introduced by standard NF P 90-308, here are the main points which mean that a cover can be considered as a "safety cover":

The cover must be constructed in such a way as to prevent a child under the age of 5 falling into the water when it is fitted,

A child must not be able to get underneath the cover,

The cover must be able to withstand the weight of a 100 kg adult without tearing or the fastening systems becoming detached,

The systems of fastening the cover onto the pool deck must not be liable to injure or cause a child to fall,

The cover must not cause any injury to a child trying to manipulate it (the risks of cutting, stabbing, shearing, pinching, suffocation and strangulation must all be avoided),

For automatic slatted covers, the starter system must be lockable and child-proof,

More generally, the materials making up the cover, the anchoring and fastening systems must meet current French and European standards.

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