Franklin County Public Health licenses and inspects all public swimming pools and spas in our jurisdiction. Public swimming pools and spas include those owned and operated by cities/villages/townships, apartments, condominiums, hotels/motels, private swim clubs, country clubs, community or homeowner associations, health clubs and certain areas of water parks. These do not include pools and spas located at peoples privately owned homes. Portions or all of the larger water parks are inspected by the Ohio Department of Agriculture because they are considered amusement rides.
Franklin County Public Health is required by law to inspect our licensed pools and spas once per year, but many of our pools are inspected more frequently. When we conduct inspections, we measure water quality standards that include; disinfection levels, pH, alkalinity and other water quality standards. We ensure minimum safety requirements such as fencing and gates, safety and warning signs and life saving devices. We also inspect the pool/spa equipment, verify proper lifeguard training (if lifeguards are required), review record keeping and look at the overall condition of the facility.
It is very important that all swimmers and parents of small swimmers take steps to protect themselves and others from getting sick when at a pool. We want to stop germs from getting into the pool and causing what is called recreational water illnesses (RWI’s) or illness that is spread by swallowing or coming in contact with contaminated water used for swimming. The Centers for Disease Control has provided the following steps:
- Don’t swim when you have diarrhea.
- Don’t swallow pool water.
- Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Shower with soap before swimming.
Parents of Young Kids
- Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often.
- Change diapers in a bathroom or changing area and not at poolside.
- Wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before swimming.