Pool Alarms To Be Required in Some Tennessee Swimming Pools

This post is a part of our effort to advise our fellow lawyers of statutes that were enacted during the 2010 legislative session.

Public Chapter 850 is known at "Katie Beth’s Law."    It requires the use of pool alarms in all swimming pools ( a defined term) installed after July 1, 2011.  The poorly-drafted act excludes public pools and pools in multi-family housing operations.  The failure to install a pool alarm is a Class C misdemeanor.

"Katie Beth’s Law" is named a child who drowned in a residential swimming pool in Cookeville in 2009.  Katie Beth was the great granddaughter of Sen. Charlotte Burks.