When pool season arrives, you are likely ready to “dive in.” The winters in Kansas City are often severe, so being able to have some fun in the sun is something everyone looks forward to.
While swimming pools are a source of relaxation and fun for your whole family, they also present a number of distinct dangers and risks, both to children (who are the most vulnerable to swimming pool related health complications and injuries) and to homeowners (who face liability in situations where guests or visitors are injured while swimming in the pool). Understanding the risks related to swimming pools, and a homeowner’s legal liability is a must if you own a pool. There are also a number of safety tips you can use to protect yourself, as well as anyone using the pool.
Swimming Pool Related Risks
The top risk related to swimming pools is not a huge surprise – the risk of drowning. According to data from the CDC, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death in children between the ages of one and four. This is an extremely shocking statistic, especially because drownings are completely preventable.
Following a few simple safety tips can help prevent cases of injuries and death around and in the pool. Each year, approximately 390 drowning deaths of children who are under the age of 15 are reported to the federal government, but it is believed that this is a low number. Keep in mind, these are just deaths. There are more than 4,900 emergency hospital visits each year due to pool-related injuries.
The fact is that the statistics are scary. If you own a pool, it is your responsibility to ensure it is safe. If an injury or death does occur, you may be held liable. As a result, you are at risk of being sued for millions and millions of dollars for not ensuring your pool area was death.
Safety Tips for Homeowners with Pools
If you have a pool at your home, there are a few tips you can use to help ensure everyone who enjoys swimming does so safely, and without the risk of an injury.
- Ensure all children are actively supervised when they are near or in the pool.
- Secure the area around the pool with a four-foot barrier to keep children from entering into the pool area without an adult.
- Make sure that everyone living in the home knows how to swim.
- Keep a mobile phone nearby the pool when it is being used.
Contact an Attorney for More Information
If you require more information about pool safety and your liability in this matter, contact a personal injury attorney. At Bautista LeRoy, we can help ensure you don’t face huge liability fees due to someone being injured or dying while using your pool. If you are injured while using a pool, or in regard to any other personal injury issue, contact us today. We can help your case and ensure your rights are protected.