The Hidden Dangers of Portable Pools

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

As evidenced in the Sunday circulars, warm weather and sunshine is almost here!  These colorful ads tempt us to create perfect outdoor spaces in our backyards.

Portable pools top the wish list for many families envisioning fun summertime gatherings.  It’s never been easier to pick up one of these inexpensive, “do-it-yourself” soft-sided pools.

In recent years, sales of these pools have soared inviting potential dangers into our neighborhoods.  Sadly, accessible, unsupervised pools have created nightmare situations for many families across the country.  These tragic reports are heartbreaking.

Did you know that it is Michigan Law that a Building Permit be obtained from the City of Auburn Hills prior to the installation of any pool that holds more than 24 inches of water?   The temporary nature of a portable pool does not matter when it comes to public safety.

It so very important to obtain this permit.  The review process allows our trained professionals to inspect and make sure the pool is positioned safely in the yard and the proper enclosure is in place.  For pools of any depth that have pumps, filters, or any other electrical devices an electrical permit would also be required.   The charge for these permits is nominal.

Don’t want to mess with bureaucratic red tape?  Well, no worries.  We take pride in working hard to process permits as quickly as possible.  Pulling the required permits will  not only protect you as a homeowner, but your neighbors as well.  Pool safety should be taken as seriously as using car seats and seatbelts, wearing helmets, or gun safety.

Drowning can occur in a split second to people of all ages and swimming ability.  Spinal injuries continue to happen from improper diving and injuries from slip and fall scenarios are on the rise.

So, to keep your family, friends, and neighborhood safe, we strongly encourage you to contact the Community Development Department at (248) 364-6946 before installing a pool.  We know that it is sometimes hard to understand all the rules and regulations associated with pulling a permit.  Our team would be happy to walk you through the process step-by-step to make your experience a pleasant one.

We wish to raise awareness about the hidden dangers associated with portable pools and partner with our residents to keep the City’s backyards and neighborhoods safe.   Because, planning ahead for the safety of our children is one of the most important things we can do.