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    505.1Safety equipment shall be mounted in a conspicuous place and be readily available for use.


    505.2All public and semi-public swimming pools shall be provided with the following first aid safety equipment that is quickly accessible:


    (a)Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) shall be located:


    (1) On the deck near the pool’s perimeter; or

    (2) Inside the facility in a room that cannot be locked.


    (b)A shepherd’s hook securely attached to a one (1) piece pole not less than sixteen feet (16 ft.) in length;


    (c)A minimum of one-fourth (¼) inch diameter throwing rope as long as one and one-half (1½) times the maximum width of the pool or fifty feet (50 ft.), whichever is less, attached to a U.S. Coast Guard approved ring buoy. A rescue-tube shall be accepted as a substitute for the ring buoy where it is accompanied by a lifeguard who has been trained to use it properly;


    (d)First aid supplies consisting of:




    (2) One (1) roll of ½ inch adhesive tape;


    (3) Five (5) four inch by four inch (4 in. x 4 in.) gauze pads;


    (4) Five (5) two inch by two inch (2 in. x 2 in.) gauze pads;


    (5) Twenty-five (25) one inch (1 in.) Band-Aids;


    (6) Two (2) one inch (1 in.) roller bandages;

    (7) Tape tongue depressors;


    (8) Two (2) eye pads;


    (9) One (1) Triangular bandage;


    (10) Two (2) bee sting swab kits;


    (11) One (1) elastic bandage;


    (12) One bag instant ice packs or ice Bag with readily available ice;


    (13) One (1) bottle of eyewash;


    (14) One (1) container of liquid soap;


    (15)One (1) facemask for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with one-way valve;


    (16) One (1) pair of scissors;


    (17) Safety pins;


    (18) Single-use, sterilized tweezers; and


    (19) Disposable gloves;


    (e)Two (2) cots or equivalent and two (2) blankets for emergency use only;


    (f)A backboard with properly spaced handholds, head immobilizer, and proper straps to secure the victim;


    (g)A blood borne pathogen control kit;


    (h)A rescue tube designed for lifesaving for each required lifeguard;


    (i)A hard-wired, non-cordless telephone available to individuals using a pool or spa that:


    (1)Can directly reach a 911 emergency service without the use of a coin and without connection to an internal switchboard unless the internal switchboard is monitored at all times;


    (2)Is posted with the 911 emergency number and the name and location of the pool or spa; and


    (3)Is located within the pool enclosure or in an immediately adjacent room, which cannot be locked.


    505.3Pools greater than fifty feet (50 ft.) in length shall have multiple first aid safety equipment with at least one (1) shepherd’s hook and one (1) lifesaving ring located along each of the longer sides of the pools.


    505.4All pools with a slope transition shall have a safety line. The safety line shall be in place at all times unless a lifeguard or swimming instructor is present.


    505.5Pool safety covers required in Subsection 610.10, shall be installed in a track, rail, guides, or secured to the deck, and shall provide a continuous union with the deck, with no passage. In the case of a pool with a width or diameter greater than eight (8) feet (2.4 m) from the periphery, the cover should be able to hold a weight of four hundred and eighty-five (485) pounds (220.0 kg). If the pool width or diameter is less than eight (8) feet (2.4 m) the cover should hold a weight of two hundred and seventy-five (275) pounds (125 kg).




Section 4902 of the Department of Health Functions Clarification Act of 2001 (“Act”) effective October 3, 2001 (D.C. Law 14-28; D.C. Official Code § 7-731(a)(11) (2012 Repl. & 2016 Supp.)), and Mayor’s Order 2001-111, dated August 6, 2001.


Final Rulemaking published at 64 DCR 5359 (June 9, 2017).