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Sign the petition to keep the Department of Health inspecting all safety items on public swimming pools!
Florida is known as the Sunshine State. With the abundance of sunshine and great weather, Floridians and tourists alike flock to our pools to enjoy time in the sun. When you jump in one of the 37,000 plus public pool and spa facilities our great state has to offer, you want to know that you and your loved ones are safe. For almost a century, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has ensured that public pools are safe environments. Currently DOH provides biennial inspections checking over 40 items in and around public pools to safeguard the 100 million tourists who visit our state annually and the 19.5 million citizens who call Florida home.
Interpretation by the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC) is removing the ability of the DOH to inspect items such as:
- Fences and gates working properly
- Ladders in place and working order
- Depth markers are visible
- GFCI protection is in place
- Drain grates are properly covered
The Florida swimming pool industry tried to reinstate the authority to DOH during the 2015 Legislative Session but some legislators believe these inspections aren’t necessary.