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State Pool Phone Laws Excerpts

State Pool Phone Laws Excerpts

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
Baldwin County Health Department Rules for Construction, Maintenance, and Operation of Public Swimming Pools and Spas
9.3 Lifesaving Equipment. Lifesaving equipment shall be available at the pool side and conform to Section 9.3.A.-D.
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.

Arkansas

A.C.A. 20-7-109, and A.C.A. 20-30-103 F. Telephone for Emergency. All pools shall have telephone service conveniently available on the premises. A clearly visible listing of emergency phone numbers to include the nearest emergency and medical services shall be posted next to the telephone.

California

Title 22
DPH-03-017A – PUBLIC POOLS Effective 1-1-2015
§ 65540. Safety and First Aid Equipment.
(a) Except for spray grounds without standing water, The pool operator shall ensure the following safety and first aid equipment shall be provided and maintained readily visible and available for use at the public pool at all times:
(1) A 17-inch minimum exterior diameter life ring with an attached throw rope of with a minimum 3/16-inch minimum diameter. The throw rope shall be of sufficient length to span the maximum width of the public pool and shall be stored in such a way as to prevent kinking or fouling. When rescue without a life ring can be effected from the perimeter of a spa, the enforcing agent may exempt the spa from the requirements of this paragraph.
(2) A 12-foot- minimum fixed- length rescue pole with a permanently attached body hook. For spas, the enforcing agency may approve a shorter length based on the unique configuration of each spa. For spas, the length of the rescue pole shall be of sufficient length to effectuate rescue.
(b) For public pools with lifeguard personnel on duty, the pool operator of each public pool area shall have the following additional safety equipment:
(1) A Red Cross 10-Person Industrial First Aid Kit or the equivalent.
(2) An operating telephone.

 

Colorado

City and County of Denver
Pool Rules and Regulations
Chapter 51 DRMC

14. A telephone or an equivalent alarm system that can be used in emergencies must be available at all pools.
The telephone or equivalent alarm system must be within the immediate pool area.

 

Connecticut

Department of Public Health Code 19-13-B33b. Public pools. Current with materials published in Connecticut Law Journal through 09/21/2004 (15) First Aid Kit. Every public pool shall be equipped with an American National Red Cross standard 24-unit first aid kit or equivalent. The first aid kit shall be kept filled and ready for use. (16) Emergency Telephone. There shall be a telephone or other suitable device for emergency communication readily available in the immediate vicinity of each pool. This telephone or device shall be on the premises where the pool is located.

Delaware

Title 16 Health Social Services 4400 Health Systems Protection 4464 Public Swimming Pools 7.15.1 A telephone, within or immediately adjacent to the pool fence or room, with appropriate emergency numbers posted nearby. Pay telephones are acceptable if they do not require coins in an emergency. In lieu of a telephone, a manually activated emergency alarm system which alerts someone else to dial the telephone is acceptable. All of the above must be able to send and receive calls.

Georgia

Chapter 290-5-57 Swimming Pools, Spas and Recreational Water Parks (c) A telephone which is hard wired and affixed with posted names and phone numbers of the nearest available police, fire, ambulance service and/or rescue unit, and/or 911, if available.

Idaho

Administrative Code IDAPA 16.02.14 196. HEALTH AND SAFETY --ACCESS. When the pool is not open for use, access shall be restricted. (4-5-00) 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) Illinois Section 820.310 Safety Equipment c. Emergency Telephone and Emergency Contact List. A telephone shall be accessible in the vicinity of the swimming pool, in or within 300 feet of the pool enclosure. At a multilevel facility, the emergency telephone shall be located within three levels of the level or which the pool is located. The telephone numbers of the local police, State Police, fire department, physician, ambulance service, and a hospital or 911 where applicable shall be posted in a conspicuous place near the telephone. The name, address and telephone number of the swimming pool shall be listed by the telephone. The location of the emergency telephone shall be posted in the swimming pool area unless the telephone is located in the pool area.

Illinois

Title 77: Public Health Chapter 1: Department of Public Health Subchapter n: Recreational Facilities Part 820 Illinois Swimming Pool and Bathing Beach Code Section 820.310 Safety Equipment c) Emergency Telephone and Emergency Contact List. A telephone shall be accessible in the vicinity of the swimming pool, in or within 300 feet of the pool enclosure. At a multi-level facility, the emergency telephone shall be located within three levels of the level on which the pool is located. The telephone numbers of the local police, State Police, fire department, physician, ambulance service, and a hospital, or 911 where applicable, shall be posted in a conspicuous place near the telephone. The name, address and telephone number of the swimming pool shall be listed by the telephone. The location of the emergency telephone shall be posted in the swimming pool area unless the telephone is located in the pool area.

Indiana

410 IAC 6-2.1-34 (e) A telephone shall be located within two hundred (200) feet of the pool enclosure and must be available for emergency use with the following emergency telephone numbers posted within view: 1. 9-1-1 2. Ambulance or rescue unit. 3. Hospital. 4. Police station 5. Fire department.

Iowa

Dept of Public Health - 641-15.4 (4) Safety f(6) Except for wading pools and spray pads, each swimming pool where lifeguards are not provided shall have a designated emergency telephone or equivalent emergency communication system that can be operated without coins. The communication system shall be available to users of swimming pools when the swimming pool is open. When the telephone is not within the confines of the swimming pool enclosure, the location of the emergency telephone shall be posted in at least one conspicuous place within the swimming pool enclosure. Instructions for emergency use of the telephone shall be posted near the telephone. At each swimming pool where lifeguards are employed, a telephone shall be available to the swimming pool staff for emergency purposes.

Kentucky

902 KAR 10:120. Kentucky public swimming and bathing facilities.
Section 14. Safety Equipment.

(1) Facilities other than beaches having an area of more than 2,000 square feet of water surface area shall be provided with an elevated lifeguard chair. An additional lifeguard chair shall be provided for each additional 2,000 square feet of water surface area or major fraction more than half thereof. They shall be located to provide a clear view of the facility bottom in the area under surveillance.

(2) Beaches shall be provided with an elevated lifeguard chair for each 100 linear feet of beach front, with an additional lifeguard chair for each additional 100 linear feet of beach front or fraction thereof. The chairs shall be located on the beach to provide a clear view of all areas under surveillance and to provide the quickest response time.

(3) The following lifesaving equipment shall be provided:

(a) A U.S. Coast Guard approved ring buoy not more than fifteen (15) inches in diameter to which shall be attached a three-sixteenths (3/16) inch rope of length one and one-half (1 1/2) times the maximum pool width;

(b) A life pole or shepherd's crook type of pole having blunted ends with a minimum length of twelve (12) feet; and

(c) One (1) plywood backboard with straps, made to the specifications of the American Red Cross for back and neck injuries.

(4) The equipment listed in subsection (3) of this section shall be considered as one (1) unit (except paragraph (c)) and shall be considered as adequate for 2,000 square feet of facility water surface area. An additional unit shall be provided for each additional 2,000 square feet or major fraction thereof.

(5) Facilities limited to small spas, of less than 144 square feet of water surface area, shall not be required to provide the equipment listed in subsection (3) of this section, but shall meet the requirements of subsections (7), (10), and (11) of this section.

(6) Bathing beach facilities shall provide the following lifesaving equipment in addition to that listed in subsection (3) of this section:

(a) Paddle board or surfboard;

(b) At least one (1) lifeboat, containing one (1) unit of lifesaving equipment and outfitted to meet state water safety administrative regulations; and

(c) A torpedo shaped buoy.

(7) All facilities shall be equipped with a minimum of one (1) standard twenty-four (24) unit first aid kit or its equivalent, which shall be kept filled and ready for use. Additional units shall be provided for each additional 2,000 square feet of facility area or major fraction thereof.

(8) Lifesaving equipment shall be mounted in conspicuous places at lifeguard chairs or other readily accessible locations. Its function shall be plainly marked, and this equipment shall be kept in repair and ready condition. Bathers or other persons shall not be permitted to tamper with, use for any purpose other than its intended use, or remove such equipment from its established location. This equipment at beaches shall be located at each lifeguard chair, with the lifeboat mentioned in subsection (6)(b) of this section being located at the most centrally stationed lifeguard chair.

(9) The hydrojet auxiliary air or water pump for a spa shall be controlled by an on-off switch with a fifteen (15) minute timer located and labeled at least five (5) feet away from the spa.

(10) All facilities shall have a nonpay telephone on the premises which is readily accessible and conspicuously located; for isolated facilities two (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 shall be posted in a conspicuous place near the telephone.

(11) All drownings and injuries requiring hospitalization shall be immediately reported to the cabinet.

Louisiana

Title 51 PUBLIC HEALTH SANITARY CODE Part XXIV. 3. a telephone with posted names and phone numbers of nearest available police, fire, ambulance service and/or rescue unit, and/or 911, if available.

Maryland

10.17.01.40 B. Telephone. An owner shall ensure that, in case of an emergency, a telephone is available within the pool or spa enclosure to individuals using a public pool or spa that: 1. Can directly reach a 911 emergency service without the use of a coin and without connection to an internal switchboard; 2. Is posted with: a. The names and phone numbers of the nearest available police, fire, and ambulance or rescue unit; b. 911 or with any numbers necessary to reach a 911 emergency service center directly; and 3. Is posted with the name and location of the pool or spa facility.

Massachusetts

105 CMR: Department of Public Health 435.25: First Aid Equipment and Emergency Communications (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 as 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.

Michigan

(7) A telephone or other suitable means of communication for emergencies shall be located in any of the following areas. Within the pool enclosure. In a room adjacent to the pool enclosure which is kept open at all times that the pool is open for use. In another located approved, in writing, by the department. Minnesota 4717.1250 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 number must be posted. When a telephone is not located in the pool enclosure, a sign placed in plain view must indicate the location of the nearest telephone available to a pool user and the emergency number.

Missouri

ST. LOUIS COUNTY 2.24.9 B. Emergency Telephone and Emergency Contact List. A telephone shall be accessible during all hours of operation in the vicinity of a public water recreation facility or within a 300 foot walking distance from an entrance to swimming facility enclosure. At a multi-level facility, the emergency telephone shall be located within three levels of the level on which the swimming facility is located. The telephone numbers of the local police, fire department, physician, ambulance service, and a hospital, or 911 where applicable, shall be posted in a conspicuous place near the telephone. The name, address and telephone number of the swimming pool facility shall be listed by the telephone. The location of the emergency telephone shall be posted in the swimming pool facility unless the telephone is located in the pool area.

Nebraska

011.04 All pools must have a really accessible telephone with emergency telephone numbers prominently posted. Drills in handling emergencies should be conducted at appropriate intervals.

Nevada

NAC 444.248 Required facilities (NRS 439.200, 444.070) 1. Sanitary facilities must be provided in proportion to the anticipated bathing load. These must include: Toilet and hand washing facilities and dressing rooms clearly marked for each sex; a safe and approved water supply; and drinking fountains, soap, and toilet tissue. 2. Conveniently located rubbish containers must be provided. These containers must be emptied whenever necessary and be kept in a sanitary condition. 3. Where night bathing is permitted, adequate lighting must be provided for the bathhouses and bathing area. 4. There must be telephone connections and transportation facilities available for emergency use. [Bd. Of Health, Public Bathing Places Reg. Art. 46 46.4-46.6 46.11, eff. 5-21-74] NAC 444.268 Posting information on artificial respiration and emergency services. NRS 439.20044.070 Diagrammatic illustrations of artificial respiration procedures must be posted at all public bathing or swimming facilities where they are clearly visible from the nearby deck and protected from the elements. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the location and telephone number of the nearest ambulance, hospital, fire or police rescue service, physician and facility operator must be kept similarly posted together with instructions that, in case of need, manual or mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration should be started immediately and continued until a physician arrives or mechanical resuscitators are applied. A telephone must be located in the vicinity of the pool enclosure, but outside of the enclosure. In lieu of the emergency telephone numbers described in this section, the number for the emergency 911 service may be posted if that emergency service is available in the geographical area of the public bathing or swimming facility. [Bd. Of Health, Public Bathing Places Reg. Art. 38 38.8.6, eff. 5-21-74] (NAC A 11-1-88; 1-16-96) NAC 444.530 Notices which must be posted. (NRS 439.200, 444.070) 1. Placards directing behavior of bathers must be prominently posted in locker rooms, offices, showers, toilets or elsewhere about the spa enclosure. 2. A sign must be posted in the immediate vicinity of the spa, stating the location of the nearest telephone with the information that emergency telephone numbers are posted on or near the telephone. 3. Emergency telephone numbers must be posted on or near the telephone and must include: The name and telephone number of the police , fire and rescue unit responsible for serving the spa. The name and telephone number of the nearest available physician. The name and telephone number of the nearest ambulance service. The name and telephone number of the nearest available hospital. In lieu of the telephone numbers listed in paragraphs (a) to (d), inclusive, the number for the emergency 911 service if that emergency service is available in the geographical area of the spa. [Bd. of Health, Public Spa Reg. Art. 3 3.1.4 + Art. 28 28.5-28.5.4, eff. 11-27-79]-(NAC A 1-16-96)

New Hampshire

Env-Wq 1104.03 Safety (c) Subject to (d), below, the owner of a public bathing facility shall ensure that a telephone or radio capable of reaching emergency services shall be located within 200 feet of the water of the public bathing facility. (d) The owner of a common interest bathing place, designated beach, or flow-through bathing place shall ensure that: (1) A telephone or radio capable of reaching emergency services is located within 200 feet of the water; or (2) If a telephone or radio capable of reaching emergency services is not located within 200 feet of the water, then a sign is posted informing patrons of the location of the nearest public telephone or radio capable of reaching emergency services. (e) The signs required by (a), above, shall provide the location of the telephone or radio required by (c), above.

New Jersey

8:26-5.3 Emergency equipment for swimming pools Swimming pools shall be provided with the following readily accessible emergency equipment: A telephone, radio, signaling device, or other health authority approved means of communication shall be located near the lifeguard station for emergency use. Commercial pay telephones shall be permitted for this purpose provided that coin deposit is not needed to access emergency assistance. Emergency numbers of the nearest rescue squad, physician, ambulance, police department, hospital, clinic, or other appropriate entity shall be posted in a weather-resistant display, adjacent to the telephone.

New Mexico

E. Plans shall include the location of emergency telephones, which may be either within the public pool enclosure or at an adjacent support facility, that are accessible at all times the pool is open. When an emergency telephone is located within an adjacent support facility, the owner shall indicate on the plans how the telephones can be accessed during operating hours and how the public will be notified of the emergency telephone location.

New York

6-1.23 Supervision.

(a) Personnel. The requirements of this subdivision do not apply to pools described in Section 6-1.2(o) of this Subpart.

(1)

(i) When a swimming pool, spa pool, or wading pool is part of a temporary residence or campground, as defined in Part 7 of this Title, the operator must provide either Supervision Level IIa, IIb, III or IV aquatic supervision. When Supervision Level III or IV is selected, on-premise CPR certified staff is not required. The temporary residence or campground operator must notify the permit-issuing official in writing of the supervision level selected and at least 15 days before making any subsequent changes to the supervision level selected for each swimming pool.

(ii) The operator of a temporary residence or campground bathing facility described in paragraph (1)(i) of this subdivision shall not allow the use of the temporary residence or campground bathing facility by persons other than registered overnight patrons of the temporary residence or campground and their guests when Supervision Level III or IV is selected.

(2) The supervision level required at each swimming pool, other than those described in paragraph 1 of this subdivision, will be determined based on the following:

(i) Supervision Level IIa or IIb is required for all white water slides, wave pools or aquatic amusements and when any of the following are present: water depth is five feet or greater; diving boards; flotation devices (other than those bearing a U.S. Coast Guard Type I-III Label); pool deck slides; surface area of the pool exceeds 2,000 square feet.

(ii) Supervision Level III is required at spa and wading pools.

(iii) Supervision Level IV is required when the water depth is less than five feet and the surface area of the pool is less than or equal to 2,000 square feet.

(3) Aquatic supervisory staff must meet the requirements of Section 6-1.31 of this Subpart or Section 6-2.20(a) of Subpart 6-2. When a facility voluntarily provides aquatic supervisory staff or a Supervision Level exceeding those required by this Section, all the requirements of this Subpart relative to supervision are applicable.

(4)

(i) At least one aquatic supervisory staff of at least the required Supervision Level shall be provided for each 3,400 square feet of pool surface area or fraction thereof at pools required to use Supervision Levels II-III personnel. When pools exceed 3,400 square feet of pool surface area at least one additional aquatic supervisory staff shall be provided when the number of bathers exceeds or is likely to exceed 50 percent of the pool bather capacity, based on 25 square feet of pool surface area per bather. Pool operators may limit the portions of the pool open to bathers and provide the required aquatic supervisory staff consistent with the pool area open.

(ii)Adequate aquatic staff (Level II-III) must be provided for visual surveillance of the entire pool area(s) that are open to bathing.

(5) Additional aquatic supervisory staff may be required by the permit issuing official whenever it is necessary for the protection of the pool patrons (bathers). Factors, including but not limited to, pool shape, diving board use, patron decorum, patron alcohol consumption; and, bathing facilities used primarily for the developmentally disabled may be the basis for increased coverage.

(6) The aquatic supervisory staff shall be at pool side, providing direct supervision of the pool patrons, except at pools requiring Supervision Level IV and spa pool facilities. At spa pools the Supervision Level III aquatic staff shall be on premises and shall provide periodic supervision as specified in the safety plan. Aquatic supervisory staff on duty shall be engaged only in activities that involve the direct supervision of bathers. When instructional activities occur, including but not limited to learn to swim programs, physical education classes and swim team activities and the supervisory staff required by paragraphs (4) and (5) of this subdivision provide the instruction, at least one additional staff meeting at least Supervision Level III must be provided for each aquatic supervisory staff engaging in instructional activities. When a Supervision Level III staff is utilized to assist a Supervision Level II staff with direct supervision of bathers during instruction, the Supervision Level III staff must possess certification in aquatic injury prevention and emergency response as specified in Section 6-1.31(c)(2) of this Title. The written safety plan must describe the duties, positioning at pool side and interaction between the Supervision Level II and III staff which ensures adequate bather supervision and emergency response.

(7) At wave pool facilities, a minimum of three aquatic staff of Supervision Level II, two of whom are in lifeguard chairs equipped with equipment that will immediately stop the wave-making machine, shall be present whenever the wave-making machine is in operation.

(8) Swimming pools required to have Supervision Level II aquatic staff shall provide a supervising lifeguard when the facility is required to provide three or more aquatic staff.

(9) The facility operator shall be responsible for verification of aquatic supervisory staff qualifications. Copies of the certificates or other documents showing possession of such qualifications shall be kept on file at the site and made available to the permit issuing official upon request.

(10) A swimming pool permitted to use Supervision Level IV, shall comply with the following pool use rules:

(i) Two or more adults, 18 years of age or older, must be present at the pool when the bathing facility is in use, with at least one adult on the pool deck.

(ii) Supervision Level IV Facility Personnel shall be on premises at all times the pool is in use and will conduct at least one visual check daily, prior to operation/use. The visual check shall confirm the pool is in compliance with the requirements of this Subpart, including safety equipment and water quality. Upon completion of these inspections, the personnel signs the log, and records the time of inspection and number of persons using the pool. A log is to be provided and maintained by the facility operator to record time of the periodic inspection(s) and other required information.

(iii) Children less than 16 years of age must at all times be accompanied by a parent or guardian or similar adult responsible for their safety and behavior while at the bathing facility.

(iv) A free telephone conveniently located must be provided at the facility with posted numbers for the nearest emergency service (police, fire department, ambulance, hospital).

(v) Required safety equipment must be provided at poolside unless otherwise specified in the safety plan.

(vi) Warning signs of a minimum 36" x 24" size with safety conditions and methods for summoning CPR certified individual, when CPR trained staff is required, must be posted. The warning sign must state:

Two or more adults, 18 years of age or older, must be present at the pool when the bathing facility is in use, with at least one adult on the pool deck.

Children less than 16 years of age must at all times be accompanied by an adult responsible for their safety and behavior while at the bathing facility.

Shallow Water - No Diving (for pools with water depths less than 8 feet).

Method of summoning on-premise CPR staff (only where CPR trained staff is required).

Location of free telephone and numbers to contact.

(vii) The bathing facility operator shall provide to all patrons a written statement or brochure. Only patrons who have received this statement may use the bathing facility. The brochure or statement must state at least the following:

NEVER SWIM ALONE. A minimum of two adults, 18 years of age or older, must be present whenever this swimming facility is in use, with at least one adult remaining on the pool deck.

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR ADEQUATE SUPERVISION. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied to the bathing facility by a parent or guardian, (an adult who is responsible for the children and their behavior.)

IN AN EMERGENCY, NOTIFY THE FACILITY OPERATOR AND CONTACT HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. A free telephone is provided at this facility (describe location). Telephone numbers for the nearest emergency medical service are posted.

Only use this facility during posted hours of operation.

Don't drink alcohol and swim.

New York City

§165.17 Lifesaving and Safety Equipment.

 

Either one commercially prepared 24-unit first aid kit or a minimum supply of band aids, bandage compresses and self-adhering gauze bandages must be provided at the spray ground unless otherwise specified in the safety plan. For facilities with pools, the following minimum equipment shall be kept in good repair and readily accessible near the pool deck at all times when the pool facility is open for use:

 

(a) Lifesaving and safety equipment.

 

(1) At all pools requiring a Level II lifeguard, the following lifesaving and safety equipment shall be provided: 11

 

(A) One rescue tube with an attached line for each lifeguard on duty.

 

(B) One reaching pole at least 15 feet long.

 

(C) A full size commercially available spine board (or a spine board 6 feet long and a minimum 16 inches wide) provided with straps and head immobilizer to aid in immobilization of a victim, and handholds.

 

(D) First aid kit. One commercially prepared 24-unit first aid kit or, a minimum supply of band aids, bandage compresses and self-adhering gauze bandages.

 

(E) Resuscitation equipment shall be available as specified in the Rules of the Department, Title 24 Rules of the City of New York Chapter 18 (24 R.C.N.Y. Ch. 18).

 

(F) Two blankets.

 

(2) At pools requiring a Level III supervisor, the following lifesaving and safety equipment shall be provided:

 

(A) First aid kit. One commercially prepared 24-unit first aid kit or, a minimum supply of band aids, bandage compresses and self-adhering gauze bandages.

 

(B) Resuscitation equipment shall be available as specified in the Rules of the Department, Title 24 Rules of the City of New York Chapter 18 (24 R.C.N.Y. Ch. 18).

 

(C) Two blankets.

 

(b) Lifeguard station. Elevated lifeguard chairs shall be provided at all pools having a surface area greater than 2,000 square feet. One elevated lifeguard chair is required for each 3,400 square feet of pool surface area or fraction thereof. The chairs shall be located so as to provide a clear, unobstructed view of the pool bottom in the pool area under surveillance.

 

(c) Emergency telephone and emergency contact list. A telephone shall be immediately accessible within 300 feet unimpeded distance of the pool water (an unlocked door or gate shall not be considered an impediment) for emergency communications in the bathing establishment. The telephone numbers of local police, emergency medical services, nearest hospital, fire department, and poison control center shall be posted in a conspicuous place near the telephone. The name, address and telephone number of the establishment shall be listed by the telephone.

 

North Carolina

 

15A NCAC 18A .2530 SAFETY PROVISIONS

 

(a) Swimming pools shall have lifesaving equipment conspicuously and conveniently on hand at all times. A unit of lifesaving equipment shall include the following:

 

(1) A pole not less than 12 feet long, with a body hook securely attached. The pole attached to the body hook shall be non-telescoping, non-adjustable and non-collapsible.

 

(2) A minimum ¼ inch diameter throwing rope as long as one and one-half times the maximum width of the pool or 50 feet, whichever is less, attached to a U.S. Coast Guard approved ring buoy. A rescue tube or rescue can shall be accepted as a substitute for the ring buoy where it is accompanied by a lifeguard who has been trained to use it properly.

 

(b) Two units of lifesaving equipment must be provided for any pool that exceeds 3,000 square feet (186 sq m) of total surface area.

 

(c) When a swimming pool does not have at least one lifeguard on duty, a sign shall be posted with legible letters of at least four inches (10 cm) in height stating: "WARNING-NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY." In addition there shall be signs legible from all bather entrances with a minimum letter size of one inch stating: "CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE THE SWIMMING POOL WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION", and: "ADULTS SHOULD NOT SWIM ALONE". Wading pools that do not have a lifeguard inside the wading pool enclosure shall have a sign posted stating "WARNING NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY". Such signs shall be mounted permanently.

 

(d) A sign prohibiting pets and glass containers in the pool area shall be provided.

 

(e) Pool closed signs shall be provided and shall be posted at bather entrances whenever an operation permit is suspended for water quality or safety violations.

 

(f) A telephone capable of directly dialing 911 or other emergency notification system shall be provided and accessible to all pool users. Effective April 1, 2005 the telephone shall be permanently affixed to a location inside the pool enclosure or outside the enclosure within 75 feet of a bather entrance. The telephone shall be visible from within the pool enclosure or a sign shall be posted indicating the location of the emergency telephone. A sign with legible letters shall be posted at the telephone providing dialing instructions, address of the pool location and the telephone number. Where the telephone does not directly access 911, the emergency notification system shall:

 

(1) Provide 24 hour monitoring of all incoming calls by a telecommunicator who answers only emergency calls;

 

(2) Be capable of routing calls to the local 911 telecommunicator via the 911 dedicated emergency trunk line; and

 

(3) Electronically transfer Automatic Number Identification and Automatic Locator Identification for the emergency telephone at the pool to the Enhanced 911 system for all calls routed to 911.

 

Wake County North Carolina Pool Rule regarding telephones

 

(d) Pools shall have an emergency telephone. The phone shall be an independent landline phone, with no line extensions or switchboard operator, and permanently mounted on the pool deck area. No direct dial 911 phones will be allowed (phones which have no dial pad). A sign shall be posted at the phone stating, “EMERGENCY DIAL 911” along with the phone number and physical address of the pool. The emergency phone shall be capable of receiving calls with an audible ringer.

 

Ohio

(I) A telephone shall be available within five hundred feet of each public swimming pool, public spa, and special use pool with a posted list of emergency numbers. The licensee shall ensure that the telephone is available at all times the pool or spa is open for use.

Oregon
DIVISION 60
PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS
Public Swimming Pools

333-060-0210

Pool Safety

(1) GENERAL. Any object or material not specifically approved under OAR chapter 333, division 060, which might cause hazardous conditions or interfere with the efficient operation of pool is not permitted in the pool area.

(2) TELEPHONE. The operator must provide a telephone that is accessible during all hours the pool is open for operation. The phone must be capable of reaching emergency assistance without the use of cards or coins. The operator must conspicuously post, within the pool area, the address of the pool facility.

Oklahoma

310: 320-3-1 (h) telephone. A telephone to reach emergency assistance without the use of coinage shall be accessible to the pool during all house of operation. 310: 320-3-4 Safety provisions Emergency telephone numbers, Every bathing place shall provide, immediately adjacent to its telephone a selected list of current telephone numbers for available doctors, ambulance services, hospitals, and police or fire department rescue squads.

Pennsylvania
CHESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
§602. PUBLIC BATHING PLACES.602.5.3. LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT.
602.5.3.1. The following minimum life saving equipment and first aid equipment shall be provided and shall be readily available for emergency use at each public bathing place:
602.5.3.1.1. Reaching devices: One or more reaching devices. These devices may include, but are not limited to, poles, ropes and reasonable means to extend a person’s reach.
602.5.3.1.2. Flotation devices: One or more buoys. These devices may include, but are not limited to, life jackets or flotation devices that can support an adult in water.
602.5.3.1.3. First-aid kit: a standard 24 unit, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited first-aid kit.
602.5.3.1.4. Backboard: a backboard made to the specifications of the American Red Cross or other emergency medical agency. The backboard shall be equipped with head and neck immobilizers and restraining straps.
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602.5.3.1.5. Telephone: an operable telephone with a list of emergency telephone numbers.

Pennsylvania
Allegheny County Health Department
ARTICLE IX - LIFEGUARDS, BATHING PLACES, BATHING BEACHES, HOT TUBS AND SPAS
920. SAFETY. Construction, equipment, operation, and maintenance at all bathing places, bathing beaches, hot tubs, and spas shall be such as to reduce to a practical minimum the danger of injury to persons from drowning, falls, collisions, fires, nuisances or hazards of any kind.

A. Lifesaving equipment: (The following sections shall apply to all bathing places. However, condominium associations and residential unit owners associations need only comply with Sections (1), (2), (3) First Aid Kit only, and (4) of Section 920 A.
(1) Each bathing place and bathing beach shall be equipped with one (1) or more reaching devices of at least ten (10) feet in length. These devices may include but are not limited to poles, shepherd crooks, and any reasonable means to extend the person’s reach. These devices shall be placed adjacent to the pool so as to be readily available.
(2) Each bathing place and bathing beach shall be equipped with one (1) or more throwing buoys, not more than twenty-four (24) inches in diameter. These devices must have at least thirty (30) feet or one-half the width of the bathing place, whichever is greater, of 3/16 inch line attached. Life jackets, or other flotation devices capable of supporting an adult in water may be substituted for the required throwing buoys. These devices must be placed adjacent to the pool and be readily
accessible.
(3) Each bathing place, bathing beach, hot tub, and spa shall be equipped with a first aid kit containing the items in Appendix A, filled and readily accessible for emergency use. A backboard made to the specifications of the American Red Cross or other emergency medical agency shall be available. The backboard must be equipped with head and neck immobilizers and restraining straps.
(4) An operable telephone with a list of emergency telephone numbers shall be maintained at each facility. Such telephone need not be located so as to be available at all times to patrons.

South Carolina

(f) A toll free telephone or other device to notify emergency personnel must be available in the pool area (within 200 feet and no greater than 3 floors) with a list of emergency telephone numbers, to include ambulance. The location must be specified on the pool rules sign.

Tennessee

Public Swimming Pools Chapter 1200-23-5 (Rule 1200-23-5-.02) (r) Telephone for Emergency. All pools shall have telephone service on the premises which can be accessed without the use of coins. A list of clearly visible emergency phone numbers to include the nearest emergency and medical services shall be posted next to the telephone.

Texas

Excerpts from Title 25. Health Services Part 1. Texas department of Health Chapter 265. General Sanitation Subchapter L. standards for Public Pools and Spas. A copy of the complete standard may be found at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/poolspa/rules.shtm Effective Date September 1, 2004 (Kings III Note: the 1965 and 1999 laws have been repealed and there is NO grandfathering of exemptions to emergency telephone requirements and emergency phones must be monitored by an emergency service provider and may not be answered by an on-site office) (j) Telephones at post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas. Post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas shall have a telephone that is capable of immediately summoning emergency service and that is readily accessible within 200 feet from the pool or spa water. Any other electronic means of summoning emergency service will qualify as a telephone if clear instructions for its use are provided by signage. A telephone that is answered by an on-site office does not meet the requirements of this subsection. The following shall apply to telephones for post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas: The telephone may be located inside or outside of the pool yard or spa yard if the enclosure entry gates and doors of the pool yard or spa yard are never locked in any manner, or the gate or fence is not more than 4 feet 4 inches tall. The telephone shall be located inside or outside of the pool yard if the pool is a Class A or B pool. (3) The telephone must be located outside of all other pool yards or spa yards if all of the following occur: (A) The entry gate(s) or door(s) are locked on either side of the gate or door. (B) The enclosure entry gates and doors and the enclosure fences and walls are all higher than 4 feet 4 inches. (C) The pool or spa is operated in conjunction with: lodging such as hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums, or mobile home parks; a property owners association, private organization, or club; a school, college, or university while being operated for academic or continuing education classes, or practice event (excluding competition events in accordance with subparagraph (A) of this paragraph). (4) Each entry gate and door of a pool yard or spa yard that is locked must have a sign on the exterior of the gate or door or on the exterior of the enclosure fence or wall immediately adjacent to the gate or door, stating the location of the telephone outside of the enclosure and complying with the content and letter size of the paragraph (5) of the subsection if: (A) the telephone is located outside the pool yard of Class A or B pool; or (B) the telephone is required to be located outside the pool yard or spa yard under paragraph (3) of this subsection. (5) Regardless or where the telephone is located or whether the gate(s) or door(s) are locked, a sign must be installed inside the pool yard or spa yard in plain view of the pool or spa and state in letters at least 1 inch high: In case of emergency, call 911. If the telephone is not readily visible from the pool or spa, the sign inside the pool yard or spa yard shall include a concise description of the location of the telephone.

Virginia

Prince William County

Sec. 25.1-27 Safety and rescue equipment; other safety features. Every public or semi-public pool shall be equipped with the following aids to safety and rescue which shall be readily accessible at all times: (1) One or more light, strong poles with blunted ends or shepard's hooks, not less than four meters (12 feet) in length. (2) One or more throwing buoys placed on racks at strategic points adjacent to the pool. (3) A readily accessible room or area, with telephone, designated and equipped for emergency care of casualties. Minimum equipment shall include a full-length backboard, two blankets, and well -supplied first aid kit. (4) The depth of water in pools shall be marked at every 0.3 meter (one foot) increment of depth and at least every 6.1 meters (20 feet) on both the horizontal and vertical surfaces of the pool wall. Numerals and letters shall be at least 12.7 centimeters (five inches) in size and good contrast with the pool walls and deck. (5) There shall be on lifeguard chair provided for every 2,000 square feet of water surface area within the pool enclosure. (6) A life line shall be provided at the 1.52 meter (five -foot) break-in-grade between the shallow and deep portions of the swimming pool, or within 0.15 meters (six inches) on either side of the break, with its position marked with visible floats at not greater than 2.13 meter (seven-foot) intervals. The lifeline shall be securely fastened to wall anchors or corrosion-resistant materials. The anchors shall be recessed or have no projection which shall constitute a hazard when the line is removed. The line shall be of sufficient size and strength to offer a good handhold and support loads normally imposed by bathers.

Virginia, Fairfax County

Section 69.1-2-22. Safety Requirements.

A. Swimming pools equipped with pool water heaters shall have a fixed thermometer installed in the main return line. The thermometer shall be located sufficiently downstream from where the water heater effluent pipe connects to the main return line to allow the mixing of the heated and unheated water. The thermometer shall be designed and located so that it may be easily read.

B. A separate room shall be provided for the care and isolation of victims of injury, illness, or accident which is directly accessible from the pool deck. The room shall be well lighted and ventilated, and shall be large enough to permit unrestricted movement of both the victim and first-aid providers.

C. A direct dial, hard-wired telephone that is fully operational shall be provided within the swimming pool area. The phone shall be immediately accessible from the pool deck. The phone shall be located so a clear and unobstructed view of the pool(s) is provided. Emergency telephone numbers and the facility's name and address shall be posted by the telephone.

D. The depth of water in swimming pools shall be marked at every one foot increment of depth and at least every 20 feet of swimming pool perimeter on both the horizontal surface of the deck and the vertical surface of the pool wall. Horizontal depth markings shall be positioned to be read while standing on the deck facing the water. Depth markings on deck surfaces shall be non-slip. All numbers and letters shall be at least five inches in height and be of contrasting color with the pool walls and deck. Depth markings are not required for wading pools.

E. Fixed, floating, or moveable platforms in swimming pools shall be constructed with an air space of at least 18 inches between the water surface and the underside of the platform or be provided with a barrier system at the perimeter of the device to prevent access under the device.

F. There shall be a minimum of one lifeguard stand provided for every 2,000 square feet of water surface area within the pool enclosure. Additional lifeguard stands may be required where, due to the configuration of the pool, full visibility is not provided from the installed lifeguard stand.

G. A transition line on the bottom of the pool and a floating life line shall be provided at the five-foot water depth between the shallow and deep portions of the swimming pool. The transition line shall be constructed of tile that is of dark and high contrasting color. The life line and transition line shall be located within six inches on either side of the break in slope to water greater than five feet in depth. The life line shall have clearly visible floats set at not greater than five-foot intervals. The transition line shall be a minimum of two inches wide. The life line shall be securely fastened to wall anchors of corrosion resistant materials which shall be recessed and shall have no projections into the pool. The line shall be of sufficient size and strength to offer a good handhold and support loads normally imposed by swimmers.

H. There shall be no protrusions, extensions, means of entanglement, or obstructions which can cause entrapment or injury. (28-01-69.1; 5-05-69.1.) 

Washington

(23) Owners shall provide first aid facilities in ever RWCF including: A telephone with prominently displayed list of emergency medical service response numbers.

Washington D.C.
55 DCR 012845

6429.6 A telephone capable of directly dialing 911 or other emergency notification system shall be provided and accessible to all pool users.

6429.7 A telephone shall be permanently affixed to a location inside the pool enclosure or outside the enclosure within seventy-five feet (75 ft.) of a bather entrance. The telephone shall be visible from within the pool enclosure or a sign shall be posted indicating the location of the emergency telephone.

6429.8 A sign with legible letters shall be posted at the telephone with the following information:

(a) Dialing instructions;

(b) Address of the pool location; and

(c) Telephone number.

6429.9 If the emergency telephone does not directly access 911, the emergency notification system shall:

(a) Provide twenty-four hour (24 hr.) monitoring of all incoming calls by a telecommunicator who answers only emergency calls;

(b) Be capable of routing calls to the local 911 telecommunicator via the 911 dedicated emergency trunk line; and

(c) Electronically transfer Automatic Number Identification and Automatic Locator Identification for the emergency telephone at the pool to the Enhanced 911 system for all calls routed to 911.

West Virginia

TITLE 64 LEGISLATIVE RULE BUREAU FOR PUBLIC HEALTH SERIES 16 RECREATIONAL WATER FACILITIES 10.10 Telephone service shall be available within one hundred (100) feet of the recreational water facility, and emergency phone numbers for rescue agencies shall be posted.

Wisconsin

HFS 172.05(4) (h) Telephone. For outdoor pools a working telephone shall be available in the pool area. For indoor pools a working telephone shall be available within the enclosed area around a pool. The department may approve under s. HFS 172.02 (2) an alternative location for a telephone or another system of communication. A current list of emergency numbers shall be attached to or posted near the telephone.

Wyoming

(viii) A telephone shall be available on the premises and an emergency rescue phone number shall be posted in view of the telephone.