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Spa emergency shut off switch

Discussion in 'Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs' started by Rick18071, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Rick18071

    Rick18071 Sawhorse

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    Does any one know know why an exception is here for residential spas in the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, while The IRC requires does Emergency a shut off switch for spas?:

    2015 ISPSC 313.7 Emergency shutoff switch. An emergency shutoff switch shall be provided to disconnect power to recirculation and jet system pumps and air blowers. Emergency shutoff switches shall be: provided with access; located within sight of the pool or spa; and located not less than 5 feet (1524 mm) horizontally from the inside walls of the pool or spa.
    Exception: Onground storable pools, permanent inground residential swimming pools, residential spas and residential water features

    2015 IRC E4208.4 Emergency switch for spas and hot tubs. A clearly labeled emergency shutoff or control switch for the purpose of stopping the motor(s) that provides power to the recirculation system and jet system shall be installed at a point that is readily accessible to the users, adjacent to and within sight of the spa or hot tub and not less than 5 feet (1524 mm) away from the spa or hot tub. This requirement shall not apply to single-family dwellings.

    So I guess you go by the strickest?
     
  2. my250r11

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    I would think this to mean only the single family meets the exception, not other residential occupancies.
     
  3. Rick18071

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    But then the IRC does requires an emergency shutoff switch
     
  4. HForester

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    This ought to be an interesting discussion....What does the NEC consider as a "single family dwelling"? Remember that the IRC covers One and Two Family Dwellings and Townhouses.....
     
  5. Rick18071

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    NEC definition
    Dwelling, One-Family. A building that consists solely of one dwelling unit.

    ISPSC definition
    RESIDENTIAL. For purposes of this code, residential
    applies to detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses
    not more than three stories in height.
     
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    emergency shutoff switch for a spa:

    IRC requires it for all detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories in height.

    ISPSI does not require it for detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories in height.

    NEC does not require it for a single family dwellings but does require it for two family dwellings and town houses.
     
  7. ADAguy

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    Think "safety" first and then "do as you would".
     
  8. Pcinspector1

    Pcinspector1 Platinum Member

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    My 2012IRC, E4208.4 last sentence sez: This requirement shall not apply to single-family dwellings.

    This leads me to believe that TWO-family dwellings require an ESO.
     
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  9. ADAguy

    ADAguy Registered User

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    Never know what the other family may be doing, has or hasn't done with the spa.
     
  10. ICE

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    They rarely share a yard or spa.
     
  11. ADAguy

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    maybe yes, maybe no.
     

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