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We just had a in ground pool installed, the only issue (pool wise) on the final inspection was I need to have alarms on the two house doors that have direct access to the pool. The next day I went to the County Building permit office to get the specific specs on what is required. When I asked, they had no idea what I was talking about. They needed to speak to the inspector and would call me. Which they did, apparently it is part of the International Code Council which GA has adopted.

This is to prevent small children and/or elderly adults from wandering out of your house and drowning them selves. Now, I'm all for safety but making this mandatory? I can understand it if you had children In the house but we don't. Having these alarms means you can't leave your door open, one of my doors exits to a screen porch. Also every time you walk out, you have hit the by pass, a PITA if your grilling or doing something similar.

The only thing the County said was it had to make an audible noise, that's it. The ICC code has more detailed specs so at least they are being somewhat reasonable. At least I don't have to alarm the windows like some other places I read about.

Sorry to rant but I guess I'm lucky they even allowed me to build a pool, maybe they should just ban pools, that would reduce all the pool drownings.
 

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That's, just stupid.

Get some open door alarm. Get the inspection. Take the battery out. Put it back when you sell the place.
 

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Home Depot sells some small stick on door alarms, I think 2 per pack. They multiple settings including OFF. We stuck them om for the inspection and then switched them to off, have been that way ever since.
 

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Yep, I ordered some from HD that can be turned off. Just irritated that some one would actually make this mandatory.
 

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If you're not going to use them, I'd still take the battery out. They won't do anything but corrode and mess up the terminals.
 

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If it's already installed, what exactly can they do until you try to sell the house? Arrest you for swimming in your own pool?
 

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Gol Dangit, Clark, don't give them no ideas!!!
 

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They needed to speak to the inspector and would call me. Which they did, apparently it is part of the International Code Council which GA has adopted.
Russians. Again. :lol:
 

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Home Depot sells some small stick on door alarms, I think 2 per pack. They multiple settings including OFF. We stuck them om for the inspection and then switched them to off, have been that way ever since.
Alarms that can be turned off (except briefly) should not have passed the inspection.

Yes, it's absurd to require an alarm that the homeowner will just do away with the second you leave. It harms the citizen and accomplishes absolutely nothing.

apparently it is part of the International Code Council which GA has adopted.
You would be amazed how much law you are regulated by that is created by a non-governmental body that you have zero representation in. For example, the fire code has huge chunks written by the NFPA, a private entity.
 

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If it's already installed, what exactly can they do until you try to sell the house? Arrest you for swimming in your own pool?
Clark,

I do not want to scare you, but you would be shocked how much they can do, and are authorized to do. My suggestion is that you do not poke the sleeping bear.

Typical municipal and county ordinance penalty is a small jail term and large fines PER DAY of violation, so you could end up in jail for months or years with no right to a jury trial.

Just get the stupid door alarm.
 

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Remember, If it saves just one life..
 

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Clark,

I do not want to scare you, but you would be shocked how much they can do, and are authorized to do. My suggestion is that you do not poke the sleeping bear.

Typical municipal and county ordinance penalty is a small jail term and large fines PER DAY of violation, so you could end up in jail for months or years with no right to a jury trial.

Just get the stupid door alarm.
You make it sound as though the inspectors will be making regular, repeated inspections. Is that the law in GA? I may be wrong but I don't think that's the case. Like Taurus92 said, get the alarm, pass the inspection and pull the batteries.
 

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If you do get it and decide to ever use it (the alarm not the pool) be mindful if it's a wireless system, one with the right skill set could bombard the access point with traffic essentially cutting the sensors out of the network. Some alarms are designed to go into a fail safe mode and alert when this happens but if the alarms are also sent an identifier signal they will think they're still connected and not sound. There's really no way to defend against this except to make sure that the alarm model will sound if it loses contact with the AP.
 

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