Pool Safety

 

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Our Program inspects roughly 250 public and semi-public pools and spas (aquatic venues) in Howard County to ensure they are well maintained. During routine inspections we work with private and commercial pool management companies to monitor the quality of the water, how the facility is being run, and general safety issues for swimmers.

 

You are a key to pool safety. The links below provide up-to-date information and resources about multiple aspects of pool and swimming safety for swimmers and for aquatics professionals.

 

Residential Pool Safety

Pool time – be safe!

Summer is here and pools are a great way to cool off in the heat, plus a lot of fun for the kids. If you are considering a “temporary” pool for your backyard this season, please be aware of the following:

  • Plastic kiddie pools and small inflatables are not monitored by the County for residential, private use, but may be limited by various homeowner association guidelines. You should contact your HOA directly to determine any rules to follow.
  • These “temporary pools” should still be cleaned and maintained regularly and appropriately to prevent various recreational water illnesses. This guidance from the CDC will help. https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/inflatable-plastic-pools.html
  • Children should be supervised when swimming and access to these pools should be controlled to prevent accidental drownings. Learn more prevention tips here https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/drowning/
  • Encourage children to take potty breaks and NOT go in the pool to prevent contamination. If an accident happens, be sure to clean the pool and start over with fresh water.

A pool is great entertainment for the young and those of us that are just tired of the heat. Be informed and be safe! Visit us here https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/Environmental-Health/Community-Hygiene-Program/Pool-Safety

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