The purpose of this Tech Letter is to acquaint subscribers with the issue of aquatics safety and lightning protection for indoor pools. Lightning protection precautions for indoor pools is an issue that poses concerns for recreational facilities in terms of safety, risk management, and loss control programs. The topic is also one that LPI frequently receives questions about. Concerns revolve around whether or not the same thunderstorm safety precautions for outdoor pools should be applied to indoor facilities. Should indoor pools be evacuated, or should these pools be considered safe to use during a storm? In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, LPI provides clarification on this issue and resources for follow-up.
These variables make it difficult to provide any blanket statement about personal contact with pool water, either outdoors or in an indoor unprotected structure.