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When Closure of a Public Pool is Warranted

Pool operators, maintenance staff, lifeguards and patrons should all know when a pool is no longer safe to be open. Pools can be extremely dangerous places when not maintained properly. Keeping unsafe pools, spas and wading pools open in an unsafe environment can lead to injury, illness or drowning.

Any of the following issues are hazards which need immediate correction or closure of a pool:

  1. Inadequate staffing and supervision of lifeguards. Pools with lifeguards should have proper coverage of attentive lifeguards.
  2. Improper sanitization levels. All bodies of water should have the proper levels of chlorine and disinfectants in the water.
  3. Uncontrolled pH levels. Any readings below 6.5 or above 8.0 are unsafe.
  4. Broken pump/filtration/sanitization equipment or inadequate filtration turnover rates.
  5. Broken glass or sharp objects on the deck or in the pool.
  6. Unprotected (non-GFCI) electrical wires or receptacles near the pool or the use of any electric cleaners with swimmers in the water.
  7. Inadequate, broken or missing lifesaving equipment.
  8. Pool bottom is not visible due to water clarity or lack of lighting at night.
  9. Pool does not have proper depth markers displaying the depth of the pool around the entire pool or lacks no diving markers where applicable.
  10. Broken fences, gates or locks which would allow someone to enter the pool area.
  11. Broken, unsecured, or missing main drain cover or any suction grate in the pool.
  12. Too many people in the pool. The number of swimmers cannot exceed the pool occupancy as lifeguard or the filtration system can get overwhelmed.

There are many other state and local requirements which could be more strict for your pool. This list is just a general guide on the most common issues we have found at pools which warrant the pools to be closed for the safety of the swimmers.

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