UPDATE – September 2008

The latest information states that 4 out of the 5 alarms recently tested can be kept in use where they are installed. They should be withdrawn from the market (if they haven’t already been superseded) so that over time newer models will replace them. Only 1 of the alarms the Alpool JB 2005 is recommended for replacement on safety grounds.
For more info, check out www.minefi.gouv.fr which clarifies the latest position.)]

New Pool Security
Update – August 2008 

All pools, whether they be private or on premises which are rented out, should now have a safety system fitted. This covers all in-ground and partially in ground pools.
Failure to respect the security rules and regulations could result in a 45,000€ fine and criminal charges of death by negligence, should a fatal accident occur.

There has been much confusion in the past surrounding the laws
for swimming pool security in France but most pool owners are
now clear on the requirements and have purchased alarms, fencing, pool covers, shutters, or sliding glass covers to conform to safety rules laid out by the government.
However, in July, Luc Chatel, secretary of state responsible
for ‘consommation et de l’industrie’ stated that five
out of six pool sensor alarms (the cheapest of the different
security options and therefore widely used) are unfit for use
and should be withdrawn from the market. Only one of the
six tested passed recent trials simulating a child falling into
the water.
These alarms, whilst in no way dangerous for users, are believed
to give a false sense of security, particularly for parents of
young children, who are more likely to take their eyes of the
child if the alarms are set.
All pools, whether they be private or on premises which are rented out, should now have a safety system fitted. This covers all
in-ground and partially in ground pools. The models to be withdrawn are below although clear whether alarm owners will be reimbursed
completely. If you have one of these alarms, you to contact the manufacturer to find out where
More information to follow in the future.
– 4 Aqualarm DET10 – Nexatis
– 4 Sensor Premium – MG International
– 4 Sécuripool – Securipool International
– 4 Alpool- JB 2005 – JR International et Alpotec
– 4 Poolguard PGRM-2E – Energie engineering

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