Caring for Our Childen, 3rd Edition (CFOC3)

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

6.3.1.7: 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 9.2.4.1.
RATIONALE
This 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).
COMMENTS
Compliance can be assessed by interviewing caregivers/teachers to determine if they know the rules and by observing if the rules are followed.
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Large Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS
1.1.1.5 Ratios and Supervision for Swimming, Wading, and Water Play
2.2.0.4 Supervision Near Bodies of Water
2.2.0.5 Behavior Around a Pool
9.2.4.1 Written Plan and Training for Handling Urgent Medical Care or Threatening Incidents
REFERENCES
  1. 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.