Tennessee passed a state law requiring pool alarms on all new residential swimming pools. The law is known as “Katie Beth’s Law” after Tennessee State Senator Charlotte Burks 17 month old great-grandaughter Katie Beth Maynard drowned in an above-ground pool in 2009.
The new law will apply to all private swimming pools built after January 1, 2011. As written, Tennessee’s legislation further prohibits an electrical inspector from giving final approval for the pool’s wiring unless an alarm has been installed. In addition, signs reading “State Law Requires a Pool Alarm be Installed” must be posted by anyone who sells a pool. The first fine is $100 and each fine after that can cost up to $500.