Keeping loved ones safe should be top of mind for any existing or prospective pool owner. Coverstar automatic pool covers help you to ensure that pets and family members stay out of harm’s way. Learn more about the safety benefits of our pool covers.

Safety Standards for Automatic Pool Covers

When it comes to protecting your family, you want a pool cover that’s reliable. Coverstar automatic pool covers are UL listed and certified to meet industry standards, but our covers also undergo testing to ensure they meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety standards. These guidelines were developed to inhibit pool access to children under five to reduce the risk of drowning.

Based on ASTM standards, Coverstar automatic pool covers meet the following requirements:

  • Control switch regulations: The control switch or other device used to open and close the pool cover must be mounted in full view of the entire pool
  • Weight specifications: The cover must be able to hold the approximate weight of two adults and one child: a minimum of 485 lbs
  • Surface drainage: The cover must pass a surface drainage test to prevent excessive water from collecting on the cover
  • Perimeter Deflection: Any pool cover openings must be able to prevent a test object from falling through


ASTM Pool Cover Safety Specifications

Weight Support

The cover must be able to hold a minimum weight of 485 lbs (the approximate average weight of two adults and one child)

Perimeter Deflection Test

All openings must be strong enough to prevent a test object from passing through

Surface Drainage Test

Prevents a dangerous amount of water collecting on top of the cover

Control-Switch Requirements

Any device used to control the automatic pool cover has to be permanently mounted in full view of the entire pool

Coverstar automatic pool covers are also UL listed and certified to meet industry-wide standards.

Add a Layer of Protection to a New or Existing Pool

Coverstar automatic safety covers are an integral part of pool safety. While pool covers are more reliable than other pool-entry barriers, like fences and gates, these items may be required around your pool, depending on your location. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) recommends a layered approach to pool safety, so in addition to a fence and pool cover,  you may also want to consider safety equipment like alarms and screens.

While a pool cover creates an impenetrable barrier around your pool, remember, adult supervision and proper pool safety practices are still vital to protect your family.

Pool Cover Safety: Protect Your Loved Ones and Enjoy Your Pool

A Coverstar automatic pool cover is the best way to keep children and pets out of harm’s way, in addition to adult supervision and any state-mandated barriers or fence requirements. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) recommends a layered approach to pool safety, which includes adult supervision, pool covers, and safety barriers and devices like alarms and screens.

Certain states, like Arizona and California, have fencing requirements for residential pools, but an automatic pool cover can add an additional layer of protection on top of these structures, and be used as a substitute in areas with no fencing requirements.

According to the CDC, 10 people die each day from unintentional drowning, and two out of every 10 of these instances are children aged 14 or younger. Automatic pool covers can help to add a stronger layer of protection between loved ones and devastation, and help to ensure that your pool remains a fun, safe place for your family to enjoy.

*We at Coverstar recommend never standing, sitting, or walking on any automatic cover for any period of time to ensure optimal safety standards are maintained.


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