Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation
6.3 Water Play Areas (Pools, Etc.)
6.3.1 Access to and Safety Around Bodies of Water
188.8.131.52: Pool Safety Rules
Legible safety rules for the use of swimming and built-in wading pools should be posted in a conspicuous location, and each caregiver/teacher responsible for the supervision of children should read and review them often enough so s/he is able to cite the rules when asked. The facility should develop and review an emergency plan, as specified in Written Plan and Training for Handling Urgent Medical Care or Threatening Incidents, Standard 184.108.40.206.
RATIONALEThis standard is based on state and local regulations and ASTM International (ASTM) standard “F2518-06: Standard Guide for Use of a Residential Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Safety” (1).
COMMENTSCompliance can be assessed by interviewing caregivers/teachers to determine if they know the rules and by observing if the rules are followed.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Large Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS220.127.116.11 Ratios and Supervision for Swimming, Wading, and Water Play
18.104.22.168 Supervision Near Bodies of Water
22.214.171.124 Behavior Around a Pool
126.96.36.199 Written Plan and Training for Handling Urgent Medical Care or Threatening Incidents
- ASTM International (ASTM). 2006. Standard guide for use of a residential swimming pool, spa, and hot tub safety: Audit to prevent unintentional drowning. ASTM F2518-06. West Conshohocken, PA: ASTM.