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Pool Phone Laws By State

States currently requiring pool emergency phones. Check back frequently for changes. If your state is not listed, please check with your local health department for guidance.

Alabama Pool Phone Law

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*Not enforced by entire state

BALDWIN COUNTY

Rules Governing the Construction, Equipment, and Operation of Public Swimming Pools and Spas. Chapter 499-05-01Section 9 Specific Safety Equipment9.3 Lifesaving Equipment: Per (E), a telephone for the pool/spa with posted names and phone numbers of the nearest available police, fire, ambulance service and/or rescue unit, and/or 911, if available. The use of a cellular phone or a portable wireless phone for an emergency phone is prohibited. 

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

Rules Governing the Construction, Maintenance and Operation of Public Swimming Pools and Spas. Chapter 5 – Water Quality, Operations, and Management: Per (9), all pool facilities must have a sign posted within sight of the facility’s main entry that indicates the location of the nearest landline telephone that can be used to call emergency services. The sign should include telephone numbers (with area code) that can be called for emergency services, including, but not limited to, the following:  

  • Police 
  • Fire 
  • Ambulance 
  • Rescue Services 

If 911 service is available for any of the above services, make sure it’s indicated next to the service telephone number.  

The sign should include the street address and city where the pool is located, and the nearest landline that is indicated on the sign must be able to be used to call emergency services free of charge. An additional sign with the telephone and address information should also be posted in sight of the landline phone. 

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Arkansas Pool Phone Law

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RULES AND REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO SWIMMING POOLS AND OTHER RELATED FACILITIES. Section XX: SAFETY:  Per (F), all pools require telephone service conveniently available on the premises with a clearly visible listing of emergency phone numbers to include the nearest emergency and medical services next to the telephone. 

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California Pool Phone Law

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Title 22 DPH-03-017A – PUBLIC POOLS. 65540. Safety and First Aid Equipment:Per (b)(1),public pools with lifeguard personnel on duty require an operating telephone as an additional safety equipment item.  

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Colorado Pool Phone Law

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CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER

Chapter 51 DRMCSection E. SWIMMER SAFETY: Per (14), all pools require a telephone or equivalent alarm system within the immediate pool.

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Connecticut Pool Phone Law

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Department of Public Health CodeSec. 19-13-B33b. Public pools: Per (16), each pool must have a telephone or other suitable device for emergency communication readily available in the immediate vicinity and on the premises where the pool is located. 

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Delaware Pool Phone Law

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Title 16: Department of Health and Social Services: Division of Public Health: Health Systems Protection (HSP): 4464 Public Swimming PoolsSection 9.0: Operation, Maintenance, General Sanitation, Personnel, Supervision and Safety: Per 9.15.1.1-4, all pools require a functional telephone/other communication device that is hard wired and capable of directly dialing 911 as the emergency notification system.  

  • The telephone/communication system should be clearly provided and immediately accessible to all aquatic venue users. 
  • For situations when a hardwired telephone isn’t logistically sound, alternate functional systems/devices/communication processes are allowed with AHJ approval when alternate means of communication is available. 
  • A permanent sign that provides emergency dialing directions and the pool’s facility address must be posted and maintained at the emergency telephone/system/device. 

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Georgia Pool Phone Law

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Georgia Department of Public Health – Rules and RegulationsChapter 511-3-5 Public Swimming Pools, Spas, and Recreational Water ParksSection 511-3-5-.18 Specific Safety Features: Per (8)(c), all public swimming pools must provide a hard wired and affixed telephone with posted names and phone numbers of the nearest available police, fire, ambulance service and/or rescue unit, and/or 911, if available.  

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Idaho Pool Phone Law

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IDAPA 16- Department of Health and Welfare16.02.14 Rules Governing Construction and Operation of Public Swimming Pools in Idaho197. HEALTH AND SAFETY – EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION: A means of contacting emergency medical services shall be readily accessible and be provided on the premises. (4-5-00) 

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Illinois Pool Phone Law

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Title 77: Public Health Chapter. Chapter I: Department of Public Health. Subchapter n: Recreational Facilities. Part 820 Swimming Facility CodeSection 820.310 Safety Equipment: Per (c), When a swimming facility is open for use, an emergency telephone and emergency contact list must be readily available. The phone should be accessible within the vicinity of the pool or within 300 feet of the pool enclosure.  

If the facility is multi-level, the emergency telephone must be located within three levels of that which the pool is located.  

The following numbers should be posted in a conspicuous place near the phone:  

  • Local police
  • State police
  • Fire department
  • Physician
  • Ambulance service
  • Hospital
  • 911 where applicable 

The name, address, and telephone number of the swimming pool must be listed by the phone, and the location of the emergency phone must be posted in the swimming pool area if the telephone is not located within the pool area.  

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Indiana Pool Phone Law

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Indiana State Department of HealthEnvironmental Public Health DivisionPublic and Semi-Public Swimming Pools Rule 410 IAC 6-2.1.Section 35: Lifesaving and safety equipment: Per (e), A telephone must be located within 200 feet of the pool enclosure and must be available for emergency use whenever the pool is open. The facility location along with the following emergency numbers should be posted within view:

  • 911
  • Ambulance/rescue unit
  • Hospital
  • Police station
  • Fire department 

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Iowa Pool Phone Law

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Iowa Administrative CodeDepartment of Public Health [641]Chapter 15: Swimming Pools and SpasSection 15.4(4) Safety- f. Emergency equipment and facilities: Per (6), (aside from wading pools and spray pads), each swimming pool where lifeguards aren’t provided must have a designated emergency telephone or an equivalent emergency communication system that can be operated without coins that’s available to swimming pool users when the pool is open. If the telephone isn’t within the confines of the swimming pool enclosure, the location of the emergency phone most be posted in at least one conspicuous place within the enclosure. Instructions for emergency use of the telephone must be posted near the phone.  

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Kentucky Pool Phone Law

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Kentucky Administrative RegulationsTitle 902 Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Public HealthChapter 10 Sanitation10:120 Kentucky public swimming and bathing facilitiesSection 14. Safety Equipment:  Per (10), all facilities must have a readily accessible and conspicuously nonpay telephone on the premises. For isolated cities, 2-way radio communication systems to a manned telephone system may be substituted. The telephone number of a police, fire department, emergency medical service, or a hospital must be posted in a conspicuous place near the phone.  

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Louisiana Pool Phone Law

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Title 51 PUBLIC HEALTH SANITARY CODEPart XXIV. Swimming Pools and Natural of Semi-Artificial Swimming or Bathing PlacesChapter 7. General Standards. Section 703. Lifesaving Equipment: Per (3), Class A, B, and C swimming pools should have a telephone with posted names and phone numbers of nearest available police, fire, ambulance service and/or rescue unit, and/or 911, if available, conspicuously and conveniently on hand at all times.  

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Maine Pool Phone Law

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Health Inspection ProgramDivision of Environmental HealthMaine Center for Disease Control and PreventionDepartment of Health and Human Services10-144 CODE OF MAINE REGULATIONS. CHAPTER 202: STATE OF MAINE RULES RELATING TO PUBLIC POOLS AND SPASSECTION 6. SPECIFIC SAFETY FEATURES AND REQUIREMENTSD. Lifesaving Equipment for Public Pools and Spas: Per (4), the location of the nearest telephone must be posted with dialing instructions in the immediate vicinity of the public pool/spa. The telephone must have posted names and phone numbers of the nearest available police, fire, ambulance service, and/or rescue unit.  

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Maryland Pool Phone Law

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Department of Health and Mental HygieneCODE OF MARYLAND REGULATIONS10.17.01 Public Swimming Pools and Spas. Section 10.17.01.40 Public Pool and Spa SafetyPer (B- Telephone), a pool owner must ensure that, in case of an emergency, a telephone is available within the pool/spa enclosure to individuals using a public pool/spa that can directly reach a 911 emergency service without the use of a coin and without connection to an internal switchboard and is posted with the names and phone numbers of the nearest available police, fire, and ambulance/rescue unit or 911/any numbers necessary to reach a 911 emergency service center directly. The phone should be posted with the name and location of the pool/spa facility.  

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Massachusetts Pool Phone Law

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH. 105 CMR 435.00: MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR SWIMMING POOLS (STATE SANITARY CODE: CHAPTER V)435.25: First Aid Equipment and Emergency Communication: Per (2), An emergency communication system which at a minimum would allow convenient, immediate and toll-free communication with emergency medical services, local police, state police and the local fire department, must be in working order and available at each pool. The telephone numbers of the emergency medical services, local police, state police and fire department, as well any instructions necessary to operate the communication system, shall be posted in a conspicuous place near the communication device or station. The location of the emergency communication device must be in an area that is unlocked and available to both the staff and the public at all times. 

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Michigan Pool Phone Law

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MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY WATER BUREAUPublic Act and Rules Governing Public Swimming PoolsPART 2. CONSTRUCTIONR325.2165 Safety Equipment: Per (8), a swimming pool owner must provide a telephone/other suitable means of communication for emergencies. It can be located in the following areas:  

  • Within the pool enclosure
  • In another location approved, in writing, by the department. If another location is approved, the owner must post a sign indicating the location of the telephone within the pool enclosure. 

Per (9), the swimming pool owner must post a sign at the telephone that indicates the phone number for emergency response agencies and the name and addresses of the swimming pool to assist emergency personnel in locating the facility. **Kings III’s all-inclusive service provides equipment that automatically delivers address information to our emergency responders, without the help of the caller.

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Minnesota Pool Phone Law

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MINNESOTA RULESDEPARTMENT OF HEALTHENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. CHAPTER 4717: PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLSPOOLS; LIFEGUARDS; AND EQUIPMENT4717:1250 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE LOCATION: A pool with a lifeguard present must have a telephone in or immediately adjacent to the pool area. When a telephone is provided, the emergency must be posted. When a telephone isn’t located in the pool enclosure, a sign placed in plain view must indicate the location of the nearest telephone available to a pool user ant the emergency number. 

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Missouri Pool Phone Law

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KANSAS CITY

Environmental Public Health ProgramEnvironmental Health ServicesCITY OF KANSAS CITY, MO. HEALTH DEPARTMENT