Commercial pools are subject to regulation on many levels. It can be daunting to comply with the several commercial pool safety laws out there. The federal Virginia Graeme Baker Act is meant to prevent drowning by entrapment. While local laws for safety equipment, fences and municipal building codes can all be overwhelming. Here’s a guide of what you should know about commercial pool safety:
Commercial Pool Safety Starts with Design
The safest commercial pools begin with safety built into the design. Complying with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act is easy when you incorporate gravity drainage into your build. The act requires compliant main drain covers and use of an approved secondary anti-entrapment drowning system.
A gravity drainage system is the only approved secondary anti-entrapment system that cannot fail. Water flows from the main drain to a collector tank. The pump draws water from the collector tank to filter, treat, and return to the pool. This is the only method that removes direct suction from the pump to the main drain.
Entrapment is impossible with gravity drainage and the system doesn’t rely on any mechanical part that must be maintained or inspected.
Every commercial pool should have safety equipment in case of any emergency. Safety begins with those who are responsible for watching the pool. With lifeguard stands and chairs, lifeguards can have a complete and free view of the pool. They will also have minimum glare with a safe and easy access for a quick exit.
We have some tips to make sure your safety equipment is ready for use in case it was ever needed:
Inspect life hooks, life ring buoys and throw ropes throughout the season and replace as soon as they show signs of wear.
Mount lifesaving equipment in a visible place.
Add an emergency phone near the pool if a first aid room is not part of the design.
A complete first aid kit must be available at all times.
You want to make sure you have clear and concise signs around your pool to keep participants safe. Post pool rules in the swimming area and bathhouse. Rules should prohibit people with infection and glass or shatterable plastic containers from using the pool. Add additional rules to comply with local regulations.
Signage should indicate when there isn’t a lifeguard on duty. Place depth markers on the tile line and the pool deck. If the depth of the pool prohibits diving, “No Diving” signs should be placed around the pool and painted on the pool deck, as well.
If the pool is open at night, provide artificial lighting that allows for all depths of the pool to be seen without glare. Provide overhead and underwater illumination that turns on prior to dusk.
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