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“If I could give more than five (5) stars, I would! My experience with Signs for San Diego was nothing less than exceptional from start to finish. As a Project Manager for one of Gable’s largest clients, I expect our vendors to deliver high-quality product and/or services.”

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We got both of our restaurant signs from them, and we couldn’t be happier!  They were affordable, had incredible customer service, and the quality of their product matches their customer service!  They even took care of some of our street light issues at no additional charge since they were already on-site with the lift!

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Are your Swimming Pool Signs Legal

Pool Signs need not be ugly
Pool Signs need not be ugly

Many Home Owner’s Associations (HOAs) that manage swimming pools do not know if their swimming pool signs are in legal compliance. Unfortunately many Property Managers learn about the requirements when there is a problem. HOA pools are rarely inspected, but when there is a problem, the HOA compliance and the liability are linked. As a property manager one of your biggest tasks is to keep the HOA in legal compliance – Your reputation, certifications and financial well being depend on it! The legal requirements for pool signs are covered under the  California Building Code (24 CCR §3120B.1 et seq.). Does your HOA or commercial swimming pool comply? Chances are they don’t!  Up to 80% of local North County San Diego Swimming Pools and Spas probably don’t. 

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The requirements change. Most pools were compliant when they were constructed. Swimming Pool signs are available as generic mail order signs, but most are sold nationally and do not comply with the newest California requirements.

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Pool Signs ready to go out

The latest amendments to §3120B.1 went into effect in 2013. These require new signs for California public pools. “Public pools” are defines as commercial buildings, hotels, motels, resorts, recreational vehicle or mobile home parks, campgrounds, apartment houses, condominiums, townhouses, homeowner associations, clubs, community buildings or areas, public or private schools, medical facilities, bread and breakfasts, licensed day-care facilities, recreation and park districts, and municipal pools.

Here is a list of things to check:

  1. All signs must be legible or not less than 4” high (with a couple of exceptions listed below)
  2. They must be in a visible location that all pool users can see
  3. The maximum number of people allowed in the pool must be on the sign (one swimmer for every 10 square feet of surface area. In a 30 X 20 pool this would be 30X20=600, then 600/10 – 60 people)
  4. If there is a spa or hot tub, the maximum number of people allowed requires a sign. The math is the same (10 square feet for 1 person) Exception: wading pools or spray grounds do not need comply.
  5. Check the No diving sign. If the pool is 6 feet deep or less – you must have a conspicuously placed “NO DIVING” sign
  6. If there is no lifeguard on duty ( a norm in HOA controlled pools) you need a sign saying “WARNING: NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY.” On the same sign with at least 1 inch letters the sign should say “Children under the age of 14 shall not use pool without a parent or adult guardian in attendance.”
  7. Is there an Artificial respiration and CPR sign? An illustrated diagram with 1/4 inch or bigger letters is now required to explain and show artificial respiration and CPR procedures.
  8. Emergency sign. There needs to be a 911 sign posted
  9. In the spa area you need a sign saying “CAUTION” at least an inch high and it needs to say:
    1. Elderly persons, pregnant women, infants and those with health conditions requiring medical care should consult with a physician before entering the spa.
    2. Unsupervised use by children under the age of 14 is prohibited.
    3. Hot water immersion while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, drugs or medicines may lead to serious consequences and is not recommended.
    4. Do not use alone.
    5. Long exposure may result in hyperthermia, nausea, dizziness or fainting.
  10. Is there a sign for the spa shut off switch saying “EMERGENCY SHUT OFF SWITCH.”
  11. If the pool does not have lights you need a sign saying “NO USE OF POOL ALLOWED AFTER DARK.” At the entrance doors
  12. Those same entrance / exit doors need signs saying “KEEP CLOSED.” At least 1 inch high
  13. You also need a sign saying 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.

Custom Pool Signs

Still many HOAs want the cheapest solution and fail to comply. Worse, the look and feel of these generic signs cheapen the community because generic signs are attempting to comply with multiple state requirements.

ADA Pool Signs
ADA Pool Signs

The colors, sizes, lettering and phases are often too minimal or tortured to blend into the communities they are posted in. Custom signs achieve two objectives: 1) they comply with the California requirements, the HOA requirements and in some cases the special rules and regulations of the city. Being custom, they can say what needs to be said specifically. 2) The colors, shapes and construction can match the construction, style and wishes on the HOA.

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If you need to audit a pool area, snap some pictures and lets look at the signs that are there now! Then let’s look at the legal requirements and see how close the actual signs fit the requirements. Call Now for a FREE CONSULTATION at 760-730-5118


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