What is the purpose of the New York State Bathing Codes?
The purpose of the New York State bathing
codes are to substantially reduce the risk of drowning, near drowning,
disease, or injury for the public using the bathing facility and to
substantially reduce the liability of permitted facility owners.
New York State Sanitary Code Subpart 6-1 assures a sanitary, healthful and
safe environment for the public when using swimming pools.
Information for the General
We want you to enjoy yourself at
Clinton County’s permitted pools.
We work with pool owners and operators to
ensure proper supervision of patrons, the bathing water meets the required
bathing standards, proper safety and first aid equipment is available, a way
to contact emergency medical services is in place, the lifeguard are
properly trained, and a facility specific emergency plan is implemented.
NOTE: The Clinton County Health Department
does not regulate individual home swimming pools or hot tubs, or private
beaches, spa pools used under medical supervision or associated with
hospitals, and float tank or relaxation tank used for solitary body
immersion in skin temperature salt water. Home owners wishing to install
swimming pools or hot tubs should contact their town’s or village’s local
code enforcement official, or the City Building Inspector if the home owner
lives in the City of Plattsburgh.
Click here for this external link to CDC's "Water-Related Injuries" to
learn the most common risk factors.
Pool Related Issues and Diseases
(See the external links below on
some of these diseases)
Recreational Water Diseases
Parents need to Learning and
practicing the avoidance of risk factors can greatly reduce the chances of
water-related injuries including drowning for you and your family.
Parents should not trust a lifeguard to be
continuously watching their child because the lifeguard’s responsibility is
track all the bathers in the water. This can be a big problem when there are
many bathers for the lifeguard to track.
The lifeguard does not know your child’s swimming skills but you do. A child
who cannot swim becomes buoyant once the water is chest high on the child
(A young child could have a problem at
the shallow end of a swimming pool because the water depth is usually three
feet deep). This means that the child not be able to touch the bottom and now is in
severe danger of drowning because s/he is able to swim.
It takes as little a ten seconds for a young child to drown. For your
child’s sake, please, watch your child when s/he is in the water
particularly if s/he cannot swim.
Remember to swim at a regulated facility, use a buddy system when swimming,
know your limits, and watch your children particularly when they are in the
water, and please do not drink alcoholic beverages and then go swimming.
Click here for this external link to NYSDOH’s "Taking Steps to
To receive more information or
assistance about public pools, call or
visit us at:
Clinton County Health Department
135 Margaret Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Tel: (518) 565-4870