How to Keep Your Community’s Pool Safe for Residents
Community pools are a great place for residents of managed communities to cool off in the summer, but they can also be dangerous if the right safety measures are not taken. In addition to protecting residents from potential dangers, pool safety precautions help to protect a community from lawsuits that stem from pool-related injuries.
If your community has not reviewed the state of its swimming pool recently, now is the time to consider whether the following important community pool safety precautions are in place.
Lifeguard On Duty during Pool Hours
A lifeguard should be on duty when the pool is open. The person can be an employee of the community or supplied by a vendor of swimming pool services. In either case, he or she should be a licensed lifeguard with CPR training.
Even in swimming pools that do not have a deep end, the presence of a lifeguard is essential for protecting people from events that could cause them to drown, such as fainting, heart attacks, and muscle cramps.
Adherence to State and Federal Regulations
Many states have laws governing the condition and operation of community pools. Federal regulations also apply. For example, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act require pools and hot tubs to contain anti-entrapment drain covers, as needed.
If you are not sure whether your community’s pool adheres to state and federal regulations, schedule an appointment to have an inspector review the condition of the pool.
Fences and Signs That Limit Access
When a pool is closed, fences and locked gates should limit access to the water, and signs indicating that the area should not be entered after hours should be posted. If someone passes the fence and enters the water, they do so at their own risk.
If an injury occurs, your community will have ample proof that measures were taken to prevent the area from being accessed after hours and that the injury resulted from direct disobedience of community rules.
How a Management Company Can Help
Pool safety is one of the top seasonal issues that managed communities face. If your neighborhood has a list of summertime safety priorities, ensuring that its community pool is safe should be at the top of the list. If your neighborhood needs to have work performed on its pool to make it safer or needs assistance finding a vendor for pool services, consider contacting an HOA management company for further assistance.
Ensuring the safety of your community's pool is paramount to maintaining a healthy and thriving environment for all residents.
As HOA board members, it is your responsibility to implement and enforce safety measures that protect everyone who uses the pool.
By following the guidelines and recommendations discussed in this blog, you can create a safe and enjoyable swimming experience for all community members.