Thursday, March 15, 2012

Splash! New ADA laws for accessible pools in effect today

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires swimming pools that are open to the public to be accessible to anyone, including wheelchair users, starting today.

Ramps are suggested for new construction. But pool lifts are an option for existing pools. They are basically a chair on a small lift, that lowers the passenger into and back out of the water.

Among other venues, new laws affect any pool where the public swims - health clubs, spas, motel and hotel pools.

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