All swimming pools under the jurisdiction of Cobb & Douglas Public Health are required to have an operable, hard-wired, weatherproof telephone, with direct 911 access or capability. The emergency phone must be installed in a conspicuous location, and it must be available to bathers and pool staff at all times. A sign stating “EMERGENCY 911” must be posted by the emergency phone. Directions to the phone’s location must be conspicuously posted if the telephone is not readily visible within the pool area.
It is also extremely important that pool emergency phones have their location verified with 911 operators. An unverified emergency phone may have the address of an adjacent property associated with its phone number, which could result in unnecessary delays from emergency medical technicians (EMTs). A verified emergency phone number will let the 911 operator know that the emergency situation is occuring at your swimming pool and assure that EMTs can arrive as quickly as possible.
Because cell phones are not usually at a defined location, are not provided with a continuous power supply, and do not provide accurate caller location information to 911 operators, they do not afford the public reliable means to call for assistance in the event of an emergency. For this reason, it has been the policy of Cobb & Douglas Public Health to prohibit the use of cell phones as an emergency phone for a swimming pool.