Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation

6.3 Water Play Areas (Pools, Etc.)

6.3.3 Pool Maintenance Construction, Maintenance, and Inspection of Pools

If swimming pools or built-in wading pools are on the premises and children use them, the pools should be constructed, maintained, and used in accordance with applicable state or local regulations and should be inspected by the health department to ensure compliance as legally required

When indoor pools are used, they should have adequate ventilation to reduce indoor air pollution.

Data indicate inadequate ventilation is a source of air pollution experienced by children because of the containment of fumes from chemicals used to treat the water (1).

This standard is based on state and local regulations.

In the United States, all pool codes are created, reviewed, and approved by state and/or local public health officials. As a result, there are no uniform national standards governing design, construction, operation, and maintenance of swimming pools and other treated recreational water venues (2).
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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2016. Chloramines and pool operation.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2016. The model aquatic health code (MAHC): An all-inclusive model public swimming pool and spa code.