We depend on lifeguards to keep an extra eye on our children and loved ones when we visit recreational water activity centers; public pools, swimming beaches, water rides and parks.
Unfortunately some establishments insist on saving money by risking their customer’s safety by either not hiring a lifeguard, not hiring enough or hiring those who are not certified. Some establishments have protected themselves by posting the signs that state: “No Lifeguard on Duty” or “Swim at Your Own Risk”, while others are supposed to have a lifeguard on duty, but don’t.
In January of 2005, Pennsylvania passed new regulations regarding lifeguards. Here are some important points that were included:
- At least one certified lifeguard is required for every 4,000 square feet of water surface area. One additional certified lifeguard is required for any additional fraction of, equal or greater than 1,000 square feet.
- At no time can there be less than two certified lifeguards on duty when a recreational swimming establishment is open to the public.
- The operator of the establishment may, at any time, reduce the amount of water surface area by closing swimming areas with a rope or float line. Adequate supervision must be provided to ensure no swimmers enter the closed area.
- During any special events, such as swim meets, swim team practices, or swimming classes, one lifeguard must be present and on duty for the event.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a lifeguard’s negligence, or due to the lack of a lifeguard on duty, please call us toll-free 1-866-735-2792 for a free consultation or fill out our case evaluation form.