Many families will be visiting hotel pools and spas during their summer vacation. While, zero-degree entry, waterslides, and hot tubs may be on the list of must-have hotel pool amenities, safe drainage and a recent inspection report are probably not.
Hotel and spa owners are required to follow state and federal regulations and to protect their guests from any foreseeable harm. Unfortunately, thousands of pools and hot tubs were closed last year due to serious violations, per recent CDC reports.
Pool Safely, an initiative of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, urges families to ask the following questions before visiting a commercial pool or spa:
Having the Appropriate Equipment
- Are there fences that limit access to the pool and spa?
- Has the pool or spa been inspected to ensure it is compliant with federal and local laws and regulations?
- Are the new safety drain covers being used in compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act?
- Do pool and spa pumps appear to be running?
- Is there life-saving equipment such as life rings and reaching poles available for use?
Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children
- Is there a lifeguard at the pool or spa to watch children and adults?
- Are you watching your own child or children when they’re in or around the water?
- Are there water safety rules posted in a visible area for adults and children to review?
- Is there sufficient staff to monitor the pool or spa when it’s in heavy use?
- Is there a charged phone close by at all times?
Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills
- Do you and your children know how to swim?
- Is the staff trained and certified in first aid and emergency response?
- Do you know how to perform CPR on children and adults?
- Are those skills updated regularly?
- Do you understand the basics of life-saving, so you can assist in a pool emergency?
Hotel & Spa Responsibility
Hotel and spa guests have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises. By law, hotel and spa owners and operators have a duty to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm.
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– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.
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