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Pool Safety & Liability

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 3,500 people die in drowning accidents every year, most of them occurring in swimming pools. It is important for pool owners to know a few important things about safety, general liability and responsibility.

Unauthorized/Unsupervised Access to Pools is the Leading Cause of Drowning Deaths 

Many deaths from drowning and serious brain injuries are reported each year. These injuries are often linked to swimming pool accidents and occur a when a pool is not properly secured by fencing and/or a locked gate. A young child may gain unauthorized access to a swimming pool and can fall in.  Pools should be fully enclosed by proper barriers which can include a 4 foot high fence or locked gates and alarm mechanisms.  If a neighborhood child gains access and drowns in an improperly secured pool, the owner of the pool could be held financially responsible for the child’s death.

Ensure Your Pool Is Adequately Maintained 
If you have a swimming pool at home, make sure it is properly maintained. This means that the pool must be regularly cleaned and cleared of debris, such as stray objects and leaves. Make sure the chlorine levels are tested for proper neutrality.

Diving Accidents are a Leading Cause of Spinal Cord Injuries 
Accidents resulting from diving/jumping or other forms of “rough-housing