Summertime is here, and opening your pool can add to the excitement! However, it is important to understand your liability as a homeowner when you have others over to enjoy your pool. According to ConsumerAffairs.com, about 350 children under the age of five drown every year while in pools. It falls behind car crashes as the second leading cause of death among young children. Almost another 3,000 additional children are taken to hospital ERs as a result of pool accidents.
Things to consider when using your pool and having others over include the following facts and tips:
- Create barriers between the pool and surrounding area, including proper fences and gates, to make it more difficult for children to slip into the pool without adult knowledge
- Consider using pool alarms and a power safety cover when the pool's not being used
- If your pool leads straight from a door in the house, make sure the door has a secure lock
- Make sure you have safety equipment nearby, including a phone to call 911 in case of emergency
Know that a pool owner IS responsible for what happens in their pool. It is the owner's job to keep the environment safe and think ahead to prevent accidents. A pool owner's homeowner's insurance policy should provide adequate coverage that will protect against pool-related liability lawsuits.
On the flip side, if you are injured in another's pool due to unsafe conditions, you have a legal right to hold the pool owner liable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool accident due to unsafe conditions and/or inadequate safety measures, it may be time to seek legal action. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central Pennsylvania area lawyer who is skilled in handling these claims. Please contact his Altoona, PA area firm for more information and to set up your free initial consultation 814-946-4100.
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