LA county text County Directory of Information & Services | Public Alerts | Public Information | County Contact Information

County of Los Angeles Public Health Logo

Environmental Health
Public Health EH Building


Tell Us How We're Doing
How to Find Us
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Environmental Health
5050 Commerce Drive
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(888) 700-9995


Swimming Pool Information : Safety Signs and Equipment

REQUIRED SIGNS.  All signs shall have clearly legible letters or numbers not less than 4 inches high, unless otherwise noted, fixed to a wall, pole, gate or similar permanent structure in a location visible to all pool users.

NO LIFEGUARD SIGN - Where no lifeguard service is provided, a warning sign shall be posted stating, “WARNING:  NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY.”  The sign also shall state in letters at least 1 inch high, "Children Under the Age of 14 Shall Not Use Pool Without A Parent or Adult Guardian In Attendance.” 

ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION AND CPR SIGN - An illustrated diagram with text at least 1/4 inch high Of artificial respiration and CPR procedures shall be posted.       

EMERGENCY SIGN - The emergency telephone number, the number of the nearest emergency services and the name and street address of the pool facility shall be posted.

POOL CAPACITY SIGN - A sign shall indicate the maximum number of pool users permitted for each pool. The pool user capacity of a spa pool shall be based on one pool user for every 10  square feet of pool water surface area. The pool user capacity for all other pools shall be based on one pool user for every 20 square feet of pool water surface area. Pool user capacity requirements do not apply to wading pools or spray grounds.

NO DIVING SIGN. Signs shall be posted in conspicuous places and shall state, “NO DIVING” at pools with a maximum water depth of 6 feet or less.

At every spa, a precaution sign shall be posted with the following language:
  Elderly persons, pregnant women, infants and those with health conditions requiring medical care should consult with a physician before entering a spa.
  Unsupervised use by children under the age of 14 is prohibited.
  Hot water immersion while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, drugs or medicines may lead to serious consequences and is not recommended.
  Do not use alone.
  Long exposure may result in nausea, dizziness or fainting.

At every spa which requires an emergency shut-off switch, the switch shall be labeled with a sign stating "Spa Emergency Shut-off Switch."

KEEP CLOSED SIGN - A sign shall be posted on the exterior side of gates and doors leading into the pool enclosure area stating, “KEEP CLOSED.”


DIARRHEA NOTICE SIGN - A sign in letters at least 1 inch (25 mm) high and in a language or diagram that is clearly stated shall be posted at a public pool which states that persons having currently active diarrhea or who have had active diarrhea within the previous 14 days shall not be allowed to enter the pool water.

Every swimming pool shall have a life ring at least 17" in diameter which is readily accessible. A 3/16 inch rope equal in length to at least the width of the pool shall be attached to the life ring.

Every swimming pool shall have a readily accessible body hook permanently attached to a pole of at least 12 ft. in length.

Back to Environmental Health's Home Page
 email icon   Email Us
Pay for your Public Health
Permit or License by credit card

To pay for your Public Health Permit and/or License with a Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover card, please click

A 2.25% convenience fee per transaction will apply. Please have your Account ID and your Facility ID numbers from your billing statement ready. Payment will only be accepted online for the total amount owed on an account. Terms and
Conditions apply. For more information about Permit and License Billing, please click here.

Areas of Interest
Popular Links
arrow2013-2014 License/Permit Fees

arrowBeware: Health Inspector Imposters

arrowBody Art

arrowCertified Food Handler & Manager:
arrowCommunity Events

arrowCottage Food Operation

arrowDrinking Water Report

arrowFood Facility (Restaurant/Market) Ratings

arrowFood Facility Closures

arrowFood Recalls  

All Recalls for 2015:

arrowGuidelines for Safe Food Donation

arrowInspect Your Home Kitchen

arrowMobile Food Facility Route Sheet

arrowMotion Picture Catering Operation Permit
arrowPet Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas

arrowPlan Check Guides:
arrowSwimming Pool Inspection Details

arrowSwimming Pool Closure List

arrowWhat to Expect as a Food Operator
Director of Environmental Health
Angelo J. Bellomo
Director's Biography
Los Angeles County Seal: Enriching lives through effective and caring services