Pool Operation Safety

Pool Operation Safety

Summer is here, and with that, comes swimming pool weather! Is your public pool ready for swimmers? Below is a quick highlight of some of the public pool requirements in your state!

  • All swimming pools in the United States are required to have drains equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers and devices. 
  • All pools should be enclosed by a fence that has self-closing and self-latching gates. All fencing has to be designed to prevent climbing. Fence height and construction varies by state.
    • Iowa: Fencing has to be at least 4 feet high, made of durable materials, and void of openings that are 4 inches or larger in diameter
    • Illinois: Fencing has to be at least 4 feet high, does not have a vertical clearance beneath the bottom of the barrier greater than 4 inches and is void of openings that are 4 inches in height or width.
    • Wisconsin: Fencing has to be at least 5 feet high, should not be more than 4 inches above grade, not have openings larger than 4 inches in diameter and should have a lockable closure mechanism that is at least 4.5 feet from the bottom of the gate.
    • Minnesota: Fencing has to be at least 5 feet high, not have openings greater than 4 inches, latches must be at least 4 feet above ground and should not have more than a 2 inch opening between the fence and the ground.
    • Nebraska: Fencing has to be at least 6 feet high, have no openings larger than 3 inches in any direction, and dwellings or other buildings may be used as part of the enclosure.
    • South Dakota: Swimming pools are not regulated by the state.
  • The decking surrounding the pool should be kept in good condition with maintained slip-resistant and free of liter, obstructions and tripping hazards.
  • Lifeguards are required if the pool is open to the public. Required lifeguards should be certified by a reputable lifesaving certification organization.
  • The electrical service in the pool area should be GFCI protected.
  • Manufacturer labels must remain on chemical containers and cannot be defaced. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) that come with the chemicals should be kept and readily available.
  • OSHA standards require that an eye wash station must be placed within a 10-second walking distance of corrosive chemicals .
  • Pools are required to have certified pool operators to run the pool in: Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. Pools are not regulated by the State in South Dakota.

You can find a list of your state’s swimming pool requirements through your Department of Public Health site!

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