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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 265GENERAL SANITATION
SUBCHAPTER LPUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND SPAS
RULE §265.201Safety Features for Pools and Spas

(m) Emergency summoning device. A pool or spa shall have a minimum of one emergency telephone, emergency monitoring contact device, or alternative communication system that is capable of immediately summoning emergency services and that is readily accessible, within 200 feet of the water, and is functioning at all times the pool or spa is open for use. Where a pool or spa has a seasonal operation schedule, the emergency summoning device shall be functioning 24 hours a day during the entire season the pool or spa will be in use. Clear operating instructions for the emergency summoning device shall be provided.

  (1) A fixed location telephone, emergency monitoring device, or alternative communication system shall be visible, have no obstruction to access, and have some method of identification that enables the telephone or other device or system to be easily identified by users.

  (2) A telephone or emergency monitoring device shall not be answered by an on-site office. The alternative communication system shall not be answered by an on-site office unless the alternative communication system complies with paragraph (5) of this subsection.

  (3) A telephone shall be capable of making calls to 911 dispatch or to an emergency service.

  (4) An emergency monitoring contact device, when activated, shall directly connect to a 24-hour monitoring service, or directly to 911 dispatch or to emergency medical services.

  (5) An alternative communication system that contacts an on-site office may be used if the pool or spa is in a remote area with limited or delayed emergency medical services response times, and there are employees on-site that are trained and certified or licensed to perform emergency medical intervention when the pool or spa is open for use.

  (6) A cell phone that is dedicated for use at the pool or spa, mounted in the pool or spa yard for public use and labeled as the emergency phone, may be used if the cell phone is activated by a service provider and is provided with a permanent power supply.

  (7) A sign shall be posted above the emergency summoning device, whether it is a phone, emergency monitoring device, or alternative communication device with the precise location of the pool or spa such as an address, building number, GPS location, or other location identifying information in letters a minimum of 1-inch in height.


Source Note: The provisions of this §265.201 adopted to be effective January 1, 2021, 45 TexReg 9529

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