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What Pool Signs Should Say

October 21, 2019

Wherever there’s a public swimming pool, there should be pool signs with it to promote safety. Every state has its own laws for apartment complexes and hotels regarding pool area requirements, but it’s fairly universal that signs must be posted as safety reminders. Here are important points to know about pool signs.

Hours of Operation

The most basic pool signs at apartment complexes, hotels and community parks need to state pool hours. If the pool is closed at night, there should be signs that say “closed after dark.” Pools without lighting at night definitely need this signage using reflective coating to ensure visibility. Near this sign should be another that lists pool rules.

Children and Public Pools

Every public pool facility that allows children must present plenty of signage to remind parents and guardians to watch their children. Many times, there is no lifeguard on duty at public swimming facilites, which puts extra responsibility on guardians looking after kids. Sometimes all it takes is a minute of not paying attention for a young child to drown even in shallow water.

That’s why pool signs are essential around pools, especially for town houses and homeowners’ associations where there may be minimal supervision. Children like to have fun and explore, as sometimes they are not aware of the dangers involved. They may know how to swim well, but haven’t had enough experience in life to know how to deal with life-threatening situations, such as if they start choking underwater.

Required Sign Features

It’s best to check local codes to be in full compliance with pool sign regulations, as each community may have its own safety standards. For the most part, the words on signs must be easy to read, including at night. That means the lettering must be at least four inches high to be visible from a distance. In California, pool signs typically need to indicate the maximum capacity of people that can use the pool at one time.

“No Diving” is a common sign for public pools that have a maximum water depth of six feet or less. The sign must be posted in a conspicuous space, since not all visitors may readily know about diving safety. There should be no assumptions made that everyone already knows how to swim well and at their own risk.

When no lifeguard is available, there must be a sign that warns “no lifeguard on duty.” In California, there’s a required accompanying warning in smaller letters about how children under the age of 14 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Additionally, an artificial respiration and CPR notice must be posted that includes an illustrated diagram on life-saving procedures.

Other pool signs may be needed, depending on the situation.You should have an emergency sign that instructs people to dial 911 to connect with emergency services. You may need additional warning signs near a spa that warns elderly people and pregnant women about consulting a physician before entering a spa.


Anywhere a public pool exists, there should be informative pool signs with it, as property owners should be aware of all state and local laws associated with water safety. These signs help promote safety awareness and save lives. Contact Zumar at our Arizona, California or Washington location to learn more about protecting your community with proper signs.

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