NDPA: May is Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month is an international campaign celebrated in May to raise awareness about building safety.

Prevention is the most important weapon against drowning and other aquatic incidents — and it is not a new concept when it comes to water safety. However, there is now a tool that puts prevention and safety at the forefront for both residential and commercial pools.

The International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) is one of the most important documents ever to come out for the industry, according to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. It contains everything a pool contractor needs to make the pool safe and operate efficiently.

You may ask yourself why consistent codes and standards for pool and spa construction are important for the health and safety of the public. The best answer is that the ISPSC sets the minimum standard for pool and spa safety by substantially reducing the risk of child drowning through introducing or enhancing requirements for residential pools and spas.

The adoption of the ISPSC can reduce drowning accidents by requiring barriers, compliant design and slopes for entry and exit, work towards the elimination of entrapment incidents once and for all and ensure that pools and spas are built using approved and safe materials.

The I-Codes developed by the International Code Council include specific provisions to make pools and spas safer. Learn them with this interactive map.

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