Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Places
Phone: 321.633.2100, option 2
Public swimming pools, spas, interactive water features, wading pools, and special purpose pools are permitted annually and inspected to reduce the transmission of waterborne illness and injuries to patrons. Routine inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with state standards. Bathing places are monitored for water quality.
Governor Scott signed HB1263 on April 27, 2012 which eliminated the Department of Health's ability to review and approve new construction plans and modifications for public pools and spas. These changes are reflected in Chapter 514, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and mandates that Florida's County and City building departments are now responsible for these approvals.
The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission's website www.poolsafely.gov provides important information about the Federal Virginia Graeme Baker Act - a 2009 federal law passed to prevent pool entrapments and drowning. Below are informational videos available on their site for your viewing:
"Got it Covered" provides safety information for Lifeguards about entrapment and drowning prevention. You can view the video at http://www.poolsafely.gov/pool-safely-videos/lifeguard-drain-cover-training/ or order a hard copy by emailing email@example.com. This terrific new video was created by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals in cooperation with CPSC.
"Guidance to Compliance" is CPSC's 8-chapter training video for the proper inspection of pools and spas for compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act. This is available at http://www.poolsafely.gov/pool-safely-videos/guidance-compliance-1/ or in hard copy and can be ordered at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding 2011 Legislative Changes Requiring Pool Safety Features, Virginia Graeme Baker Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act, and to download applications please visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/water/swim/index.html.
The U.S. Department of Justice which is in charge of the ADA law again has extended the pool lift installation and other accessibility requirements for retrofitting existing pools, spa pools and wading pools until 1/31/2013. Note that the building departments are responsible under the Florida Building Code Accessibility Chapter, DOH is not directly responsible for this Act, but will assist with questions. This eight month delay applies to existing pools only; the new pools built after March 15, 2012 must be built in compliance with the ADA law. You may also visit the web site www.ada.gov for more information. Portable lift requirements and approvals will also be located on this site.
Drowning prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Drowning can be a silent catastrophe, one that can happen in the few minutes it takes to answer a phone call or run inside for a towel. The 3 main layers of drowning prevention are:
Layer 1. Supervision: Supervision, the first and most crucial layer of protection, means someone is always actively watching when a child is in the pool or around other bodies of water.
Layer 2. Barriers: A child should never be able to enter a pool area unaccompanied by a guardian. Barriers physically block a child from a pool. It is also important to avoid drain entrapments. Do not let your children play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
Layer 3. Emergency Preparedness: The moment a child stops breathing there is a small, precious window of time in which resuscitation may occur, but only if someone knows what to do. Even if you are not a parent, it is important to learn CPR. The techniques are easy to learn and can mean the difference between life and death. In an emergency, it is critical to have a phone nearby and immediately call 911.
The Brevard County Health Department has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health’s Injury Prevention Program for Child Drowning Prevention services. Bringing awareness to life saving drowning prevention methods is critical to reducing the number of drowning deaths in Brevard County. The Brevard County Health Department has partnered with Clear Channel Outdoor to display drowning prevention messaging on high profile billboards throughout Brevard County’s major roadways. This messaging will be visible by Brevard County residents and thousands of tourists during the months of March through June 2013.
To obtain more information on drowning prevention, please visit:
For more information on public swimming pools in the State of Florida, please visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/water/swim/index.html.