NWBRHC conducts inspections of all Public Recreational Bathing Facilities (pools, spas, hot tubs etc.) within our jurisdictions. For any questions please see these helpful links or contact an inspector at 201 445-7217.
Keep the Pool Safe this Summer
As the summer season approaches, residential pool owners and public pool operators should be sure to take safety precautions when using chemicals to treat the water to protect both themselves and swimmers from potential health hazards.
Nationally, nearly 5,000 people visited an emergency room for injuries associated with pool chemicals, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Nearly half of those preventable injuries were in children and teenagers and more than a third occurred at a home.
Since pool chemical injuries are most common between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Department is advising residential pool owners and public pool operators to take the following steps to prevent injuries due to pool chemicals:
- Read and follow directions on product labels
- Check pool chemical levels before making an adjustment
- Use a new test kit each season and check the kit’s expiration date
- Wear appropriate safety equipment such as goggles and masks, as directed, when handling pool chemicals
- Secure pool chemicals to protect people and animals
- Keep young children away when handling chemicals
- NEVER mix different pool chemicals with each other
- Pre-dissolve pool chemicals ONLY when directed by the product label
- No swimmers should be in the water while adding chemicals
- Encourage swimmers to shower before entering the pool
- The pool area should not have a strong chlorine smell
Employees who maintain pools should also take steps to protect themselves because prolonged exposure to chlorine-based chemicals can cause respiratory irritation or even asthma.
Pool owners and operators also need to pay close attention to general pool safety, especially if children are swimming or are near the pool. Important safety tips include:
- Keeping lifesaving equipment by the pool: Pole, rope and flotation device
- Post CPR instructions near the pool
- Keep a cell or cordless phone near a pool to dial 9-1-1 in case of emergency
- Enclose pool with a self-locking and self-closing fence.