A pool is one of the most popular amenities in an association, but it is also one that brings unique safety and liability concerns. To mitigate risk in your association, make sure you have clear-cut staff procedures, rules and regulations in place for the following areas of concern.
- Maintenance. Before a pool opens for the year, a complete safety check of the structure, mechanicals, safety equipment, pool chemistry and furniture should be performed. During the season, ongoing safety checks should be performed on a regular basis.
- Signage. Make sure your pool rules are visible and understandable. They should include pool hours, information about the lifeguard, first aid and emergency contacts, safety rules such as the diving rules, no running, what to do during a thunderstorm and the policy on electrical devices.
- Fencing. As you probably already know, the Illinois Private Swimming Pool Enclosure Act requires you to enclose your pool with a fence, wall or other permanent barrier. This act also protects you from liability if someone tries to access the pool unlawfully and is then injured. It is in your best interest to keep your pool fence well-maintained.
- Lifeguards. Illinois law only requires you to employ a lifeguard if your association allows people under the age of 16 into the pool area without adult supervision. If you do hire a lifeguard, they should be trained in emergency response, CPR and first aid.