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Premises Liability: Recreational Water Facilities WAC 246-260-131

Spending the day at a recreational water facility such as a water park or public pool is a great summer activity to beat the heat. As you prepare to make a splash, it is important to know your rights and what duties owners of recreational facilities have to protect you and your family when you visit. 

The Washington State Administrative Code 246-260-131 outlines the operational responsibilities of recreational water facility owners, which help protect visitors. Owners of recreational water facilities must make sure that they protect the health, safety, and water quality by following procedures and creating a written set of rules that address various operations. 

Emergency Response Plan 

Every facility must have an emergency response plan in place. This plan is vital to addressing crisis situations that may arise. For example, at recreational water facilities, lifeguards are required to be located around the water facility and able to rescue someone within 30 seconds or less. Lifeguards are also expected to train using emergency response drills twice a year. It is essential to review the emergency response plan government regulations if you believe that the facility you are at does not prioritize your safety. 

Signage for Visitor Rules

Rules for using the recreational facility are also required by law and necessary to follow. Drowning is an accident that can occur, and it is important to be informed on how to minimize the chances of a horrific disaster from occurring

These visitor rules must include:

  • No running or horseplay
  • Visitors are not allowed to be under the influence of any substances
  • And specific hygiene criteria to name a few

While accidents are preventable, sometimes they do occur due to the negligence of a recreational water facility owner. If you or a loved one get injured, it is recommended to speak with a personal injury lawyer. 

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