There are many types of pool covers available today. However, all pool covers are not safety pool covers. They are the type that are securely fastened down to the pool deck.
The covers can be made of mesh fabric or solid fabric (sometimes referred to as an automatic safety cover).
Most important, they must be a certified ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials International) safety pool cover. The following ASTM standard requirements must be met to be certified as a “safety pool cover”.
- Must be tested and updated regularly by a recognized 3rd party agency like Underwriters Laboratories.
- Will have a working drainage system. This can include mesh drain panels or automatic pumps for solid fabric covers.
- Cannot have any holes, tears or abrasions that could weaken the fabric.
- Must be able to hold a weight of at least 485lbs (the… Continue reading