Contact Menu
Call For A Free Consultation 800-849-7182

What are key considerations for home pool safety?

Having a home pool can be a lot of fun for the family whose home it is at and their friends. However, if pool safety is not taken care of, there can be dangerous accidents with corresponding premises liability. Correspondingly, it is important to address some questions about pool safety.

How prevalent are poll accidents?

Around 350 children under the age of 5 drown in pools every year. For children that age, drowning is one of the leading causes of death, second only to motor vehicle accidents. In addition to deaths, 2,500 children each year require emergency room treatment due to near-drowning incidents. Most of those incidents occur in backyard pools.

When do pool accidents happen?

Accidents often happen when the parent or other caregiver of the children is not around. The children, leaving the house on their own, are drawn to the water of the pool but not cognizant of the danger it presents. A single misstep, and they can be in the water, drowning and unable to save themselves while their parents are unaware of what is happening.

What safety measures can be taken?

No list of safety measures is comprehensive, and families with pools should review safety with experts before having a pool installed. Yet, there are a few considerations to start with. One of those is having a self-closing and self-latching fence around the pool. The fence should be at least 4 feet tall, and the latch on its gate should be out of the reach of small children.

Additionally, if the home itself is a barrier on one side of the pool area, all doors from the home to the pool area should have loud alarms on them so that parents will hear them if a child goes through the door unexpectedly. A power safety cover over the pool can help as well. It should be motorized and in place every time that parents are away from the pool. While these safety measures are a start, remember that there are many more that should be taken to prevent injuries and minimize liability.

Source: Consumer Affairs, "Swimming Pools - Safety Is No Accident," accessed June 09, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Lead Counsel Rated LC Million Dollar Advocates Forum Rue Ratings Lifetime Charter Member Best Attorneys of America The American Trial Lawyers Association ATLA Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Personal Injury 2016 Top 100 Lawyer Asla Certificate of Recognition Super Lawyers Distinguished AV Lexis Nexis Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell For Ethical Standard And Legal Ability Life Member | Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum | The Top trial Lawyers in America
Get a free consultation

Get A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Aurora Office
1444 N. Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 105
Aurora, IL 60505

Toll Free: 800-849-7182
Phone: 312-574-3362
Fax: 312-701-0600
Aurora Law Office Map

Chicago Office
33 North La Salle Street, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60602

Toll Free: 800-849-7182
Phone: 312-574-3362
Fax: 312-701-0600
Chicago Law Office Map