The European Parliament have already passed advisory laws governing pool safety products and procedures relating to both public and private swimming pools.
However, these have not yet become enforceable Directives throughout the whole of Europe - i.e. there are local Spanish pool safety laws and EU pool safety directives & guidelines, but as yet, there are no EU wide laws in place. However, the fact that Spanish Law governing pool fencing around communal pools is now starting to be enforced, it is highly likely that similar laws will soon be put in place with regard to private pools.
The Law in Andalucia and some other provinces applies to communities of 20 or more residential units.
When the pool is unattended or not in use it must be fenced off with a lockable gate to prevent unaccompanied minors from accessing the pool area.
Currently under Spanish law, if the unthinkable did happen, a child loses his/her life, you as the owner of the property (or the president of the community) would be held liable. A full investigation would take place to establish the circumstances surrounding the child’s death and the percentage of liability you carry.
As a swimming pool owner, it is your responsibility to provide a safe, healthy environment for your own family and for people who come into contact with the pool.
If you rent your property out for holidays, pool safety is something you cannot afford to ignore. Pool safety starts the moment your guests come through the gate.