Tips for Public Pool and Spa Owners

As a hotel or spa manager, there are many things you can do to keep your area safe. In Hennepin County, the Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health Department has created a checklist for outdoor pool opening. You can view it at the Hennepin County website. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Install anti-entrapment drain covers.
  • Get a safety vacuum release system (SVRS) installed on your pump. This is an emergency sensor that automatically shuts off suction if a drain is blocked.
  • If the pool/hot tub is new, be sure to have at least two drains installed, in parallel or use a no-drain circulation system. If your pool is older, consider retrofitting your pool with multiple drains. (Requirements can vary from state to state so be sure to check your local regulations to be sure.)
  • Damaged or broken drain covers are dangerous—replace them immediately and do not use the pool. It's a simple fix, yet one of the most important factors for pool and hot tub safety.
  • The water in the pool/spa should always be clear and you should be able to see the bottom. If not, the chemical application should be adjusted.
  • According to government safety guidelines children should not be in a hot tubs for longer than five minutes at a time. Infants and Toddlers should not be exposed to the dangerously hot temperatures at all.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.
  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.
  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.
  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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