The safety signs around the pool area are necessary for hygiene, accident prevention and the proper operation of this important hotel service in an area where the visitor is more vulnerable, as proved once again. with the recent tragic drowning in hotel swimming pools in Rhodes and Crete.
These signs should be clearly visible, draw the visitor’s attention and include as many languages and understandable images as possible of warnings or prohibitions.
Also, if there is a large area around the pool, there should be more than one sign around it.
A good practice is the security plate, which is accompanied by illustrations, as follows:
- Pool opening hours. This post is especially important both for the safety of visitors and for any events that may occur in the specific area of the hotel.
- Warning that outside the opening hours, the pool is cleaned with chlorine, which is toxic. This way, it protects both the proper cleaning function and the visitor from reasonable side effects if they think that a quick dip is painless.
- A shower is required before entering the pool, without the use of shampoo. Clarification on the use of shampoo is necessary, as for some visitors it is not clear.
- Children under 6 years old are not allowed to swim in the adult swimming pool without adult accompaniment. It is perhaps the most severe ban, which should be strictly adhered to in order to avoid drowning or accidents.
- People with communicable diseases are not allowed to swim in the pool. The posting of this notice is an obligation of the hotel, both to prevent the transmission of diseases in the event that the patient ignores any explicit prohibition, and to provide basic protection against possible legal action in the event of a breach.
- Swimming pool chairs cannot be booked. Preventing this is not always easy. The phenomenon of pool armchairs before launching by placing various objects on them is not easy to avoid, however, the warning is a precautionary measure as well as preventing misunderstandings between management and customers.
- Please do not walk over the pool overflow. This warning is mainly educational in nature, as it most often concerns children. Small pool users are naturally attracted to this point considering the game. It is the responsibility of the parents or their attendants to explain this recommendation to them.
- No shoes or clothing are allowed in the pool. This is a ban that most of us may look feral about, but nothing is self-evident when it comes to many different peoples and cultures – but teenagers with a mischievous disposition. In any case, the hygiene of the area should be protected.
- Eating in the area around the pool is forbidden. As careful as it may be, an unexpected breeze or awkward movement can have negative consequences. Dropping food in the pool water is definitely a completely undesirable situation that can take a long time and costs to fix.
- Animals are not allowed around the pool area. Sympathetic pets are not allowed in the pools for many reasons, such as the fur of their fur, but also the fear they may cause to other visitors – something that is perfectly understandable and must be respected in such small spaces.
- Do not bring glass bottles or sharp objects into the area. This is a vital ban, because the holidays are relaxing and the thought of a frozen, glass bottle on the sun lounger certainly goes through some visitors’ minds. One of the worst events, however, is to break a bottle in the pool area, causing injuries even days after the small pieces of glass are not easy to spot.
- Do not leave trash in the pool area. The majority of visitors may use the special waste bins around the pool, but such a warning is always useful, especially when it comes to self service.
- The pool is equipped with lifesaving equipment. For emergencies inform the bar or reception. It is useful to let visitors know where to go in case of need, where to find the nearest rescue equipment and how to use them immediately if needed.
- There is no service lifeguard. It is very important for bathers to know the existence of a lifeguard or not, throughout the operation of the pool, to take the necessary personal safety precautions.
Finally, a diagram of the depths of the pool gives the visitor a clear view of the shallow area from the bottom of the pool, facilitating its movements and protecting it if it does not use meters and centimeters as a unit of measurement.