Compliant signage will be required as part of the approval criteria for opening your pool this season. Please review the following signage requirements for the respective pools and areas listed below to help ensure that your pool is ready for its opening inspection.
For All Pools:
Pool rules (in minimum 1-inch letters) posted at or near the pool’s entrance shall state the following under the heading of “Pool Risks”:
- Shower before entering the water.
- Children shall not use pool without an adult in attendance.
- Adults shall not swim alone.
- All children three years old and younger and any child not potty‐trained must wear snug fitting plastic pants or a water resistant swim diaper.
- Do not swim if the suction outlets are missing, broken, or not clearly visible from the deck.
- No glass articles allowed in or around pool.
- Do not swallow the pool water.
- Do not dive unless diving area is clear of other bathers. (Note: If the swimming pool is 5 feet or less in depth, we recommend changing this rule to “No diving allowed.”)
- Do not swim if you had diarrhea within the past two weeks.
- No animals are allowed in the pool or pool enclosure, except service animals are allowed on the deck.
A sign stating “EMERGENCY 911” shall be posted at the telephone.
A sign stating the pool’s hours of operation shall be posted at or near the pool’s entrance.
A sign stating the pool’s bathing load in at least 4-inch letters shall be posted at or near the pool’s entrance.
For Pools Where These Conditions Are Applicable:
Where lifeguards are not provided or at lifeguarded pools with “swim at your own risk” periods:
Signs shall be posted in a conspicuous location at or near the pool entrance that state in at least four inch (4”) high letters, “WARNING – NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY” and “RISK OF DROWNING – SUPERVISE CHILDREN CLOSELY”. These two statements may be combined onto a single sign.
Where a pool slide is provided:
Rules with the heading “Risk of Illness and Injury” shall be posted at the entrance of the slide that state that the following are prohibited:
- Running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling, or stopping in any flume or tunnel.
- Rough playing on the slide or feature.
- Diving or flipping while exiting from a flume or feature.
- Use of the slide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Use of the flume or feature by more than one person at a time.
- Failure to obey the instructions of the pool attendant or lifeguard.
- Failure to keep hands inside the flume while using the slide.
- Failure to leave the falling‐entry pool promptly after exiting from the slide.
- The possession of any glass, bottle or food in or near any pool.
- Entry into an area of grass or other vegetation and returning to slide, feature or pool.
- The possession of any loose objects.
- The use of any clothing other than the swimwear on the slide or feature.
- Wearing any bracelet, watch, or other jewelry.
If the pool is a spa/whirlpool:
Rules shall be posted at or near the spa that state the following:
- Risk of Fetus Damage. Hot water exposure limitations vary from person to person. Pregnant women and small children should not use spa without medical approval.
- Risk of Drowning. Other persons suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, and other health problems should not enter the spa without medical approval.
- Risk of Drowning. Do not use the spa while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or drugs that cause sleepiness and drowsiness or raise/lower blood pressure.
- Risk of Drowning. Use caution when bathing alone. Overexposure to hot water may cause nausea, dizziness, and fainting. Lower water temperatures are recommended for young children and for extended use (more than 10‐15 minutes).
- Risk of Drowning. Do not use or operate spa if the suction fitting is missing, broken, or loose.
- Risk of Child Drowning. Unsupervised use by children is prohibited. Children under five shall not use the spa.
- Risk of Injury. Check sp