With summer here, you and your family will want to get outside, invite some friends or family over and jump into that pool. Swimming pools are fun, but they are also a source of potential danger, and there are certain risks property owners should be made aware of. If an accident occurs in your pool, it is possible you can be held responsible for any injuries sustained and deaths that occur. Whether you’re a pool owner or a guest, here is what you need to know about safety and swimming pool liability.
What are the Risks of Owning a Swimming Pool?
Drowning is the second leading cause of death caused by injuries to children below the age of 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, drowning is not the only thing swimming pool owners should worry about. The following injuries can be caused by swimming pool accidents:
- Injuries caused by slip and fall accidents
- Chemical burns from adding too many chemicals to a pool
- Spinal cord injuries when swimming pools are too shallow for diving
- Swimming pool drains can suck children under water or even disembowel them
Swimming pool accidents fall under what is called premises liability, which means you as the owner of the property that has a swimming pool can be held liable for all injuries sustained on the property, even trespassers in some cases. As the owner, you are expected to protect your guests and trespassers from harm by doing this following:
- Provide regular inspections and proper maintenance to all pool equipment
- Make sure all of your surfaces are non-slip
- Install locked gates
- Keep high fencing
- Fill in any areas on the floor that create puddles
- Purchase a pool cover
- Post the necessary caution signs
- Comply with all ordinances
Lastly, you must remove all toys and anything else that would lure a child into trespassing on your yard. Typically, swimming pool owners are not liable and do not owe trespassers a duty of care if they are injured on that property. However, if a child was attracted to something on your property, such as a toy, you can be held responsible for any injuries that occur.
Donald G. Targan & Associates is a New Jersey personal injury law firm that helps victims injured in swimming pool accidents in Atlantic City, Wildwood Crest and Lower Township.