Many people in Ohio enjoy recreational swimming in public and private swimming pools during the summer months. If you own a or are considering purchasing a swimming pool for your home, it is critical to first understand the dangers associated, such as drowning. Each year, many premises liability lawsuits are filed because swimming pool owners failed to mitigate the substantial risks imposed by having an open body of water on their property. The following are some of the important considerations regarding the dangers associated with swimming pools.
The Risk of Pool Drowning Accidents
Many people believe that pools are safe unless swimmers engage in rough-housing or deliberately misuse the pool. While this type of behavior is likely to result in accidents, accidental drownings are also a significant risk when you own a pool. In many cases of accidental drowning impacts young children and people who do not known how to swim. Contrary to popular belief, drowning can occur suddenly, quickly, and quietly. This means that you will have little notice that the event is occuring unless you remain particularly observant and supervise the pool. For this reason, it is absolutely vital to always have someone watching the pool when it is in use.
Supervision alone is not enough to reduce the risk of pool drowning accidents, however. If you own a pool in Ohio, make sure to use a tall, locking fence around the perimeter of the pool and lock the fence when the pool is not in use.
How to Avoid Accidental Drownings
If an accident occurs at your pool, you will likely be held accountable for the resulting injuries or deaths. Take every step possible to reduce the risk that a drowning accident will occur at your swimming pool. While the following safety precautions will not eliminate the chances that one of these accidents will occur, they will greatly reduce them.
- At least one person who is at the pool while in use should know CPR
- Fencing and gates should completely surround the pool and be at least four feet high
- Gates should be high enough to discourage climbing
- Gates should be self-closing
- Homeowners insurance policies should include accidents that might occur at the pool
- Install a pool alarm to alert you when something falls in the water
- Intoxicated individuals should never be allowed to use the pool
- A pool cover should be applied when the pool is not in use
- Under no circumstances should children be left unattended at the pool
Speak with a Pool Accident Attorney
Unfortunately, each year, a number of people die from drownings that occur in swimming pools. If you are involved in such an accident, it is critical that you quickly obtain the assistance of a seasoned premises liability attorney from the legal team at Kruger & Hodges. We understand just how devastating swimming pool accidents can be, and we will help to make sure your case resolves in the best possible manner.