Originated in by a group of railway engineers, to deal with issues concerning their steel rails, ASTM International has become one of the largest classification and standards developing organization in the world. Standards and classifications are developed within voluntary member committees. To demonstrate a product fulfills the terms of a standard, a product can be tested by an independent testing laboratory. The laboratory will then issue a full report with confirmation of the compliance. ASTM International developed this standard to reduce the risk of drowning of children under five years of age.
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With ASTM-compliant safety features. ASTM International , formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is the foremost standards association for a wide range of consumer products. This organization sets professional safety standards for over 12, products from steel pipes to pool covers. These standards help ensure that manufacturers create the best products possible, which helps keep consumers safe from all manner of injury. As part of our dedication to making swimming pools safer, All-Safe is proud to offer ASTM pool covers, nets, and fences.
But why do these standards matter — and how can you be sure that your pool cover meets the requirements? Who are the ASTM? ASTM International originally formed in , as Americans were moving westward across the continent. The railroad was king in this era, and transcontinental rails were being built at an alarmingly fast rate. Chemist Charles Dudley took umbrage with the safety standards of the railroad industry, and he banded together with several engineers to develop some national safety regulations.
Thanks to this group of concerned citizens, the ASTM was born. These volunteers are manufacturers, consumers, businessmen — anyone concerned with product safety. They decide which products need clearer safety standards, and work together to develop them.
Thanks to their efforts, a wide range of industries have become safer for everyone! What are the Standards? In order to be considered an ASTM F pool cover, the manufacturer must make sure that their product meets four specific requirements: The pool cover must be able to hold at least lbs. This is considered the combined weight of two average adults and one child, and should ensure that the cover holds during any rescue operation. The cover must pass a Perimeter Deflection Test. During this test, manufacturers have to prove that any openings on the cover are too small to allow objects to pass through, and that they are strong enough to withstand any efforts to pass through.
The cover must pass a Surface Drainage Test. The pool cover must be properly labeled, so consumers can clearly understand information such as manufacturer warranties and ASTM standard warnings. Every ASTM pool cover must undergo rigorous testing to meet these requirements, proving that it is a well-made and sturdy product that will protect your loved ones from swimming pool injuries.
Every one of our products, from our mesh pool fences to our automatic pool covers, are specially designed and individually tested to ensure they are ASTM-compliant. But how can you be sure that any other pool covers you find are up to ASTM standards? Look for the labeling! Any company that sells an ASTM F pool cover will clearly state this on their website and in any product literature, such as brochures. One of our pool safety specialists will visit your home for a free, on-site consultation, and help you find the right pool cover or fence for you.
We look forward to helping make your pool — and your family — safer.
ASTM Pool Covers
Power Safety Covers, typically found on swimming pools; 2. Manual Safety Covers, such as the SpaMate and 3. Other Covers, which do not serve as a barrier for children under the age of five and do not qualify as a safety cover. Non-safety covers can meet ASTM standards if they comply with the labeling requirements.
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