Safe pool protocolGoodhue County Environmental Health Department inspects all public swimming pools in Goodhue County.
By: By Pam Holst, Goodhue County Environmental Health Technician, The Republican Eagle
Goodhue County Environmental Health Department inspects all public swimming pools in Goodhue County.
We have a total of 26 licensed pools in the county. They are mainly located in hotels, motels, campgrounds and include city pools.
Some of the items that we look for during a pool inspection to keep it safe for the public are:
• Safety equipment — ring buoy, pool signs with safety rules, life pole, first aid kit and or spine board.
• Pool signs — a designated sign with specific rules relating to pool safety.
• Pool chemistry — chlorine residual, pH and alkalinity testing.
• Pool records for testing frequency-emergency phone and contact numbers of response teams.
• Emergency plans — All public pools are required to have an emergency plan.
• Proper storage of chemicals.
• Steps, ladders and handrails — These items are check to make sure they are sturdy and cannot be easily removed.
• Deck and stairs markings — It sets boundaries for people who do not know how to swim.
• Pool clarity — You should be able to see the bottom of the pool in deep portion.
• Fencing — The fence is an important part of keeping swimmers in if they are inside the pool, but more importantly to keep the outside small child from wandering in.
• Diving boards and slides are also a part of the inspection process. They are checked to make sure that they are in good repair.
• Deck and shower room cleanliness — clean floors, showers, safety guards on lights and the availability of hot water.
The pool can be closed for a violation of any of the above items.
Licensed pools are inspected on a yearly basis or upon receiving a complaint from the public.