Apartment and community pools have their own unique characteristics. For example, gates may be propped open by residents for ease of their access; but at the same time, this allows access to children who may be unattended. Additionally, many swimmers use the pool without knowing other users, which may affect communication between them.
Drowning is 100 percent preventable. This is why DPCA has partnered with Salt River Project and the Arizona Multihousing Association to create the Community Pool Gate Sign which serves as a reminder to residents to be water safe at all times. It also helps keep heightened awareness around community and apartment pools.
The “I’m Water Safe” signs, printed in both English and Spanish, contain four basic messages: Swim Safe, Always Watch Children, Start CPR, Dial 911. Almost 1,000 signs have been distributed to apartment communities around the Valley.
The community pool gate signs are available to the community free of charge. The signs are distributed through the AMA Coalition program and through SRP’s website, www.srpnet.com/safety.