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Pool regulations protect residents' safety

Updated May 16, 2011

An estimated 2,700 swimming pools and spas can be found in backyards throughout Cerritos.

While pools are a great way to cool off during hot summer months, care must be taken to prevent accidents.

For safety, Cerritos pool owners are required to maintain a six-foot-tall fence around the perimeter of their pool. Any gates leading to the pool must also be at least six feet high, and must be self-closing and self-latching.

Care must also be taken to prevent storm-water and ocean pollution. Owners planning to drain their pool should make sure it drains to the sewer (not to the street or storm drain) through the pool's "P-trap." The P-trap should have been installed when the pool was first constructed; for help in locating the P-trap, call your pool cleaning or equipment service.

For more information on swimming pool regulations, please call the City's Code Enforcement Division at (562) 916-1203, or stop by the Planning counter at Cerritos City Hall.

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