I am finishing up renovating my pool and I changed the configuration of the barrier fence I previously had. I now use my house itself as the 4th side to keep the pool deck open (since our kids are grown). The county/state code indicates I must install door alarms on all doors that allow access to the pool (I have 7 due to big sliding doors opening at various points).
While I don't agree with being forced to install these alarms in MY house where no children live, I must do so to pass the inspection. I am a do-it-your-selfer and heavily into home automation. I have my existing home security system, motion and existing door/window open sensors integrated into my home automation system, so I wanted to use this same automation system to meet the pool alarm requirements. I want use a RaspberryPi or ESP8266 Wireless module to handle the override button presses next to each door. Ideally rather than a blaring alarm, I would like a notification sent to my phone or watch. I could setup a blaring alarm just to pass the inspection.
Has anybody had any luck getting their local government/county inspectors to budge on this archaic building code? (By archaic, I mean there are more modern ways to get your attention other than an obnoxious 85dB alarm -- like mobile phone, watch, etc)
I am trying to avoid purchasing seven $50 "official devices" for each door just to pass the inspection. If my DIY system meets the regulations, but is not a UL certified alarm device, will that pass inspection?
The specification I found is listed below:
The relevant parts are from http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/swimming-pools/_documents/cpsc-safety-barriers.pdf
All doors that allow access to a swimming pool should be equipped with an audible alarm that sounds when the door and/or screen are opened. Alarms should meet the requirements of UL 2017, General-Purpose Signaling Devices and Systems, Section 77, and have the following features:
The alarm sound should last for 30 seconds or more and start within 7 seconds after the door is opened.
The alarm should be loud: at least 85 dB (decibels), when measured 10 feet away from the alarm mechanism.
The alarm sound should be distinct from other sounds in the house, such as the telephone, doorbell, and smoke alarm.
The alarm should have an automatic reset feature to deactivate the alarm temporarily for up to 15 seconds, to allow adults to pass through house doors without setting off the alarm. The deactivation switch could be a touchpad (keypad), or a manual switch, and should be located at least 54 inches above the threshold and out of the reach of children.