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Montgomery County Pools Required to Have Automated External Defibrillator

Beginning November 13, 2013, community association pools in Montgomery County are required to have a working automated external defibrillator available on the association’s premises, as well as at least one staff member who is trained in its use. The adoption of this legislation is Montgomery County’s version of "Connor’s Law," legislation that already has been adopted in Anne Arundel County and is in response to the drowning a five year old child in a Crofton, Maryland pool. Although the pool had a defibrillator, the lifeguard on duty was not trained in its use. Had the defibrillator been used, it potentially could have saved the child’s life. The bill does not impose liability on the owner or employee of the pool if either fails to use or incorrectly uses the defibrillator so long as the pool has a defibrillator, and so long as the owner or employee did not engage in gross negligence or misconduct. 

Ruth Katz is a community associations attorney at Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda, Maryland who helps boards and managers with association issues such as pool rules and regulations. For more information about how this legislation may impact your community, contact Ruth at (301) 657-0188 or


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