Georgia residents who have a swimming pool in their home probably know how hazardous it can be, especially for children and guests. More than 3,500 non-boating drowning accidents are reported every year in the U.S., according to the CDC, and many of these undoubtedly occur in pools. Slip and falls and chemical exposure also take place frequently around pools.
In three steps, homeowners can ensure that their pool is safer for everyone. The first is to have a fence installed around the pool. This should be climb-resistant, rise up at least 4 feet, come with a self-closing gate and have vertical slats no more than 4 inches apart. An alarm that detects surface motion on the pool could also be helpful.
If homeowners have not developed pool safety rules for their family and their guests, they must do so. Among other things, they should prohibit running and using riding toys around the pool, using any electrical appliances near the pool and diving in the shallow areas. Flotation toys should be deflated until put in use. First-aid kits should be accessible.
The last step is to check that the pool’s mechanical components, like the suction fittings and plumbing grates, are secure and to ensure that all chemicals are labeled and locked up. The pool pump should be accessible, too, in case of emergencies.
Under premises liability law, those who are injured on another’s property through no fault of their own may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses and lost income. It must be shown that the property owner breached the duty of care and that the victim was a lawful entrant. Child trespassers are an exception, however, because pools are considered an “attractive nuisance.” Whatever the case, a personal injury lawyer may be helpful during negotiations.