County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
5050 Commerce Drive
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
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Swimming Pool Information :
Safety Signs and Equipment
REQUIRED SIGNS. All
signs shall have clearly legible letters or numbers not
less than 4 inches high, unless otherwise noted, fixed
to a wall, pole, gate or similar permanent structure in
a location visible to all pool users.
NO LIFEGUARD SIGN - Where no lifeguard service is
provided, a warning sign shall be posted stating,
“WARNING: NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY.” The sign also shall
state in letters at least 1 inch high, "Children Under
the Age of 14 Shall Not Use Pool Without A Parent or
Adult Guardian In Attendance.”
ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION AND CPR SIGN - An illustrated
diagram with text at least 1/4 inch high Of artificial
respiration and CPR procedures shall be posted.
EMERGENCY SIGN - The emergency telephone number, the
number of the nearest emergency services and the name
and street address of the pool facility shall be posted.
POOL CAPACITY SIGN - A sign shall indicate the maximum
number of pool users permitted for each pool. The pool
user capacity of a spa pool shall be based on one pool
user for every 10 square feet of pool water surface
area. The pool user capacity for all other pools shall
be based on one pool user for every 20 square feet of
pool water surface area. Pool user capacity requirements
do not apply to wading pools or spray grounds.
DIVING SIGN. Signs shall be posted in conspicuous
places and shall state, “NO DIVING” at pools with a
maximum water depth of 6 feet or less.
At every spa, a precaution sign shall be
posted with the following language:
Elderly persons, pregnant women, infants and
those with health conditions requiring
medical care should consult with a physician
before entering a spa.
Unsupervised use by children under the age
of 14 is prohibited.
Hot water immersion while under the
influence of alcohol, narcotics, drugs or
medicines may lead to serious consequences
and is not recommended.
Do not use alone.
Long exposure may result in nausea,
dizziness or fainting.
At every spa which requires an emergency shut-off
switch, the switch shall be labeled with a sign stating
"Spa Emergency Shut-off Switch."
KEEP CLOSED SIGN - A sign shall be posted on the
exterior side of gates and doors leading into the pool
enclosure area stating, “KEEP CLOSED.”
DIARRHEA NOTICE SIGN - A sign in letters at least 1 inch
(25 mm) high and in a language or diagram that is
clearly stated shall be posted at a
public pool which states that persons having currently
active diarrhea or who have had active diarrhea within
the previous 14 days shall not be allowed to enter the
Every swimming pool shall have a life ring at least 17"
in diameter which is readily accessible. A 3/16 inch
rope equal in length to at least the width of the pool
shall be attached to the life ring.
If the pool exceeds 75ft. in length or 50ft. in width, a life ring must be provided at least on two opposing sides of the pool.
Every swimming pool shall have a readily accessible
body hook permanently attached to a pole of at least 12 ft.
If the pool exceeds 75ft. in length or 50ft. in width, a body hook must be provided at least on two opposing sides of the pool.
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