Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County
Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke.
Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity.
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity.
Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors.
Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions.
N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks.
Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness.
Visit cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area
"Public" means the pool or spa is used by people other than the owners or private guests, such as a community center lap pool, a recreational water park, a school pool, or a spa at a hotel or apartment complex.
Contra Costa Environmental Health regularly inspects more than 1,600 permitted facilities to ensure they comply with state laws and regulations.
Our agency must also approve new construction or major changes to an existing public pool or spa before work begins.
For detailed information about Environmental Health's expectations for proper maintenance and physical characteristics of a public pool or spa – what our inspectors evaluate – check this guide.
We also have inspectors available to answer questions by appointment or telephone.
Cloudy water or strong chlorine odor could mean improper chemical treatment, a filter malfunction or contamination. Indoor pools need proper ventilation – check with a local building department for more information.
Operators should familiarize themselves with the body of law collectively called "the pool code," which includes:
California Health & Safety Code
California Code of Regulations Title 22
California Building Code Title 24
Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (federal)
Pool and Spa Safety Act – Assembly Bill 1020 (state)
Environmental Health inspectors assess all public pools and spas based on these laws. To ensure that your pool is up to date with all legal safety standards, this guide includes instructions and advice for all maintenance and physical features of public pools and spas in Contra Costa County.
Note that several popular models of pool and in-ground spa drain covers were recalled in 2011 for safety reasons.
Call 911 immediately if there is an injury or life-threatening hazard in or around your public pool or spa.
Immediately clear the pool area.
Follow instructions from police, fire and other first responders.
Within 24 hours, call Environmental Health at 925-692-2500.
Contra Costa Environmental Health
2120 Diamond Boulevard, Suite 200
925-692-2502 fax email@example.com