Ensure Your Pool Is ADA-Compliant
The Department of Justice recently announced an extension of the ADA compliancy deadline for existing swimming pools and spas from March 15, 2012 to Jan. 31, 2013. The new guidelines require Title II facilities (public entities run by state or local governments such as municipal pools) and Title III facilities (public accommodations or commercial facilities such as a hotel or fitness center pool) to comply by providing accessible means of entry, which vary depending on the size of the pool.
Q: What does the deadline change mean?
A: The deadline extension was provided to allow both facilities and manufacturers time to consider their needs so they can order and install products such as pool lifts in a timely manner. The law has not been changed, nor has it been revoked. Compliance is still required.
If you have already ordered a pool lift, you are taking the right steps. Don't cancel your order. As the new deadline approaches, it is likely that demand will outstrip supply.
Q: Does the law apply to my pool?
A: Whether your existing facility is a municipal pool or a commercial pool, you are required to bring it into compliance. Pool lift manufacturers can provide the product you need to make your pool accessible, but determining your compliance status is unique to each facility and should be determined on a case-by-case basis. For the most accurate information, rely on an ADA consultant or your regional ADA office. (Find them at www.adata.org.)
Q: Does my lift need to be poolside at all times?
A: Pool lifts are supposed to be located at poolside and ready to use all hours the pool or spa is open to the public. It also should be in good working condition and properly maintained. Be sure your staff is properly trained in the use of the equipment.
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