5101:2-14-23 Swimming and water safety requirements for a licensed type B home provider.

(A) If the licensed type B home provider has a swimming pool located on the premises, the provider shall make the pool inaccessible to children who are in care by a fence or other physical barrier (the house door is not a sufficient barrier) that prevents children from accessing the water. The provider shall not permit use of the pool by children in care.

(B) The provider may use wading pools less than eighteen inches in wall height regardless of the amount of water put into it.

(1) Wading pools shall be filtered or emptied daily, and portable wading pools shall be disinfected daily or more often if needed.

(2) The provider shall supervise children at all times while a wading pool is in use and shall be able to clearly see all parts of the wading area.

(C) Approved off-site swimming sites shall meet all state and local guidelines for environmental health inspections. Activities in pools more than eighteen inches in depth shall be supervised by individuals who are currently certified as lifeguards or water safety instructors by the "American Red Cross" or an equivalent water safety program, as determined by the department. Swimming activities shall not be permitted in lakes, rivers, ponds, creeks, or other similar bodies of water.

(D) The provider shall accompany and supervise children at water play and swimming sites, unless the caretaker has given written permission for a school age child to participate in water activities away from the provider's home. The provider shall actively supervise children and shall be able to clearly see all parts of the swimming area, including the bottom of the pool. The provider shall not serve as the life guard.

(E) The type B home provider shall obtain written permission from the caretaker:

(1) Before the child is permitted to swim in water more than eighteen inches.

(2) Before infants and toddlers use wading pools.

(F) The written permission shall be valid for twelve months or until withdrawn by caretaker. The written permission shall be signed and dated by the caretaker, be on file for twelve months, and include all of the following:

(1) The child's name and date of birth.

(2) A statement indicating whether the child is a swimmer or a non-swimmer.

(3) The location of any approved off-site swimming site.

(4) The date or dates that swimming will occur.

(5) A statement that the caretaker grants permission for the child to participate.

(G) The provider shall always accompany and closely supervise children in accordance with rule 5101:2-14-20 of the Administrative Code for all approved water activities.

Replaces: 5101:2-14-37

Effective: 01/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.018
Rule Amplifies: 5104.018
Prior Effective Dates: 10/15/96, 10/1/97 (Emer.), 12/30/97, 4/1/03, 8/14/08.