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New Tennessee Law Regarding Pool Alarms

By Debbie - Updated On: 01/28/20

Tennessee passed a state law requiring pool alarms on all new residential swimming pools.

The law is known as "Katie Beth's Law" after Tennessee State Senator Charlotte Burks 17 month old great-grandaughter Katie Beth Maynard drowned in an above-ground pool in 2009.

The law applies to all private swimming pools built after January 1, 2011.

As written, Tennessee’s legislation further prohibits an electrical inspector from giving final approval for the pool’s wiring unless an alarm has been installed. In addition, signs reading “State Law Requires a Pool Alarm be Installed” must be posted by anyone who sells a pool.

The first fine is $100 and each fine after that can cost up to $500.

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This is similar law that was set in place for swimming pools in 2007, specifically directed at safety due to an unfortunate accident that can now be avoided. The law we're now referring to is the the VGB act of 2007. 
VGB stands for "Virginia Graeme Baker" who was former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker's granddaughter. Virginia drowned in the family hot tub due to Main Drain Entrapment.
Now when constructing a new swimming pool, you are reuired to use two main drains (if opting to use drains that is) to enforce safety regulations preventing Main Trap Entrapment.

We hope that helps and that you are well on your way to a splash filled day of safe pool time! If you have additional questions, please let us know if the comments below.

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