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Pool safety signage is important for public and privately-owned pools. No trespassing signs, no diving signs and other water safety signs are an excellent way to protect swimmers as well as the pool owner. We can help!

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Here are the rules for public pools in Ohio. Privately-owned pools should also consider safety signage:

Chapter 3701-31 of the Ohio Administrative Code dictates that public pools must observe the following signage requirements:

  • If lifeguard service is not provided, pools must post signs that convey the following notices:

    • Warning, No Lifeguard

    • Swimming alone is not recommended

    • Children must be supervised

  • No diving” signs must be placed every 25 feet along the perimeter of shallow areas (except for wading pools, spas, and spray grounds).

  • When the emergency telephone (or other approved device) is not visible in the pool area, a sign that indicates the location of the nearest emergency telephone must be posted. This sign must also contain the name and phone number of the nearest police station, fire station, and rescue unit as well as any other names and phone numbers likely to be needed in an emergency.

  • When the pool is closed, a sign that states “DANGER – POOL CLOSED” or “WARNING – POOL CLOSED” must be posted.

Pools with water slides must post the following safety recommendations

  • Only one user on the slide or platform at a time. Forming “chains” is prohibited.

    1. Check if the landing area is clear before entering the slide.

    2. Follow the directions of the slide attendant.

    3. Exit the landing area of the slide immediately.

    4. Ride feet first at all times; stopping or changing positions is not allowed.

    5. The minimum user height is ________ (manufacturer’s recommendation).

    6. Speed slides must display additional notices that:

    7. Direct users to remain flat while sliding.

    8. Prohibit life jackets or other flotation devices (unless they are designed for the slide).

  • The statute also designates that spray grounds must post signs with the following instructions:

  • “DO NOT USE POOL WHEN YOU HAVE DIARRHEA

    1. WATER IS NOT MEANT FOR DRINKING

    2. WASH HANDS AFTER USING THE REST ROOM OR CHANGING DIAPERS

    3. TAKE REGULAR REST ROOM BREAKS, CHANGE DIAPERS ONLY IN A REST ROOM”