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May 31, 2011

State Pool Rules - How to Find the Right Signs

Summertime is just around the corner, and the new Pool / Spa / Water Safety - State Rules page at will help you find state-required signs to keep your pool, spa and dock areas safe. Just pick your state from the US map to see signs your state requires.

It's a simple solution to a very complicated problem, but it took about 2½ months to research and develop correct pool and spa rules signs for all 50 states, says ComplianceSigns eCommerce Data Coordinator Deb Miller, who managed the project. "I ended up with a stack of paper three inches tall while I was collecting requirements," says Deb.

"I found 27 states with specific wording unique to those states, so they have their own pages in our store," she explains. "Some states list general topics that must be covered (lifeguards, diapers, etc.) but don't dictate specific language, and others simply say a rules sign must be posted. Some states specify sign or letter sizes, and our signs meet those requirements."

"We were surprised at the required language on some state signs," says Deb. "Some have incorrect grammar and punctuation, but that's what the states mandate, so that's what's on our signs."

Some states mandate additional signs, as well. For example, Nevada requires chlorine warning and emergency contact information signs in addition to specific pool or spa rules. "If you get to a rules page with a state name at the top, all relevant signs on the page are required by your state," says Deb. (Two exceptions are Montana and New York, which indicate lettering or sign sizes too large to produce and ship.)

"If you click a state from the big map and get taken to our General Pool Rules page, then your state doesn't have specific rules, or our general rules signs meet your state requirements," she adds.

And if this isn't confusing enough, some localities have their own rules, too. To help you sort all this out, we've created a Swimming Pool Rules Resources page where you can start to research state and local pool rule requirements.

"I'd recommend everyone start at the State Rules page and see what they find, then check the resources page," says Deb. "You'll probably have to dig to find your answer, but it's a good starting point."

With a little help from, your swimming season can get off to a safe - and state-compliant - start.

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