Building Safety Month 2024 - Pools & Outdoor Structures

2024 Building Safety Month


Welcome to week three of Building Safety Month, an international campaign celebrated in May to raise awareness about the importance of building safety. In week one, we introduced you to our Building and Community development departments, and last week we shared valuable information about the Town of West Point’s permitting process, along with FAQs and resources on our website. This week, we’re talking about building safety related to pools, spas, and other outdoor structures.

Pool and Spa Safety

With the weather heating up, many homeowners are opening their pools or considering adding one. And when it comes to pool and spa ownership, there can never be too many safety measures in place. Below are important best practices to help prevent accidents:

  • Thoroughly review our Pool and Spa Guidelines and Pool Permit Process resource documents prior to considering a pool or spa, or to ensure your existing pool meets safety requirements.
  • Use only licensed contractors to construct your pool, spa, electrical equipment, and fencing.
  • Use non-slip materials on pool decks, diving boards, and ladders.
  • Install properly constructed fences with locks and alarms.
  • Remove the ladder from your above ground pool whenever it’s not in use.
  • Have a first aid kit and rescue device within reach.
  • Do not allow children or inexperienced swimmers to swim in your pool or use a spa unsupervised. Do not allow people to swim alone in your pool.
  • Post the pool and spa rules.

Safety is paramount when owning a pool or spa, and we are here to help. Before you make any decisions related to installing or altering a pool, spa, or the structures around it, contact the Building Department at 804-843-3426, rminick@west-point.va.us, or by visiting Town Hall. Ron Minick, our Building Official, will review your plans, safety guidelines, and necessary permitting information to ensure your project meets all requirements.

Outdoor Structures

The safety and proper construction of outdoor structures is just as important as your home. Whether you plan to build a shed, deck, garage, ramp, or any type of accessory structure on your property, you will need an approved permit. Additionally, if you purchase an accessory structure that is constructed off-site, you will need a review of the structure and approved permit to place it on your property. As we shared last week, permits act as a safety net for homeowners and allow town staff to check contractor licenses, review plans for code compliance, ensure your projects meet town ordinances and regulations, and inspect projects according to our mission of protecting our citizens.

We hope our articles are encouraging you to check out the Building Department section of our website, which offers resources, FAQs, links to permits and checklists, and more. As always, contact us with any questions; we’re here to make sure your project is done right and safely the first time.

Follow this link for Building Safety Month Week 4 - Hiring Licensed Contractors.