Many people look forward to opening their pools and having loved ones come over when summer begins. To kick off the season, they often throw barbecues and pool parties for the Fourth of July. While it is an exciting amenity to have, pools can be very dangerous if they are not looked after properly and maintained with care. With the Fourth of July approaching, it is crucial that pool owners are aware of how to keep their guests safe around the water.
Pool Safety Precaution
Pool owners have a great responsibility to the public. They must ensure it is a safe place for not only those who are invited onto their property, but those who are not invited as well. In order to do so, there are certain steps they can take to ensure their pool is safe for everyone:
- Never leave a child unattended in the water or near it
- If there is a deep end where guests cannot stand, make sure they are able to swim properly
- Stay away from drains and have covers for them
- Install barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around the pool
- Stow away portable ladders when they are not being used. Sometimes, small children who are unable to swim are attracted to pools. If the ladder is removed safely, the child will not be able to climb into the pool and harm themselves
- It can be beneficial to know how to perform CPR in the event that a swimmer is drowning
- Swim sober
- Keep electronic devices away from the poor to avoid electrocution
- Warn all swimmers of shallow areas where they cannot dive
Compensation for Swimming Pool Accidents
Unfortunately, not all pool owners implement these safety rules on their property. When they fail to ensure the safety of their guests, serious injuries or even death can be the result. People who are injured in swimming accidents due to the negligence of a pool owner often wish to hold them responsible for it. Those injured may be eligible to receive compensation for damages incurred as a result.
When an injured party wants to receive this compensation, they are required to prove negligence in a personal injury lawsuit. During this process, they must show that the pool owner had an obligation to take care of their pool and ensure the safety of others. In addition to this, they have to prove the individual failed to do so, resulting in the accident and their injuries. Evidence that can be used may include pictures or videos of the pool, medical documentation of the injuries, and any witnesses to the accident.
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