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July 2016

Pool Owner Liability for Injuries to Trespassers

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Most of the dangers posed by swimming pools are common. However, safety risks may
not be so common. What should pool owners do to prevent swimmers from poolside
injuries and accidents as they prevent themselves from liability? Furthermore,
you should be aware of your legal options in case you or a loved one is harmed
by either poor supervision or dangerous conditions.

As a pool owner, you have a legal duty to ensure that your swimming pool is always
in a safe condition. Your liability to anybody who gets hurt in or around your
swimming pool is partly determined by your relationship with the person. This
can be anyone from invitees, trespassers or even a landscaper. Here we have
focused on pool owner liability for injuries to trespassers.

What is a trespasser liability?

Trespasser liability imposes laws that state the kinds of payments pool owners are
offered. It also states the safety precautions they should put in place for the
protection of other people on their land. These laws must be adhered to by the
pool owner to prevent possible liability. They differ depending on the state.

Pool owner Liability for injuries to Trespassers

A trespasser refers to anybody who gets into your property without your consent.
Generally, a pool owner is not responsible for the protection of trespassers on
their land. However, this is not the case if you are aware of the type of
people who frequently get into your property and use your pool. The pool has to
be in perfect condition too. This particularly applies to trespassers who are
children.

Under the attractive nuisance policy, pool owners have the responsibility to ensure
the pool is safe especially for daycare children who do not know the risk of
drowning. This obligation entails preventing entry into the pool using a fence
so that the young trespassers are unable to access the pool. However, not every
state abides by the attractive nuisance policy.

Play ground equipment and swimming pools are mostly viewed as good looking nuisance.
A pool owner is typically responsible for injuries to children unless it is not
possible for the child to physically get to the pool. Given this, the pool
owner is required to consider child care techniques by ensuring that the pool
and its surrounding areas are safe for young trespassers. For instance those still
in preschool. 

As a pool owner, you can also include extra prevention measures like setting up
pool covers when the pool is not occupied. You can also install pool alarms and
any other safety devices around the swimming pool. Additionally, make sure that
all the devices used in the swimming pool, such as pool drain covers, abide by
the state and federal standards. 

It is also important to provide emergency safety equipment if you own a pool that
is open to the public, like hotel guests or club. Safety Equipment like diving
boards, ladders and drains should be checked regularly to ensure they are in perfect
working conditions. Lastly, people who own big pools that are open to the
public, especially those owned by municipalities could also be held responsible
for not providing enough life guards and supervision.

Keep Your Kids Pool-Safe All Summer

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Summer brings along the warmest months of the year. It is the perfect time for your kids to enjoy swimming, be it in your own backyard pool or a community pool. It is a fun activity that is enjoyed by most people but sadly, not many take the necessary precautions and safety measures seriously.

Many things can happen in a swimming pool. Aside from the risk of drowning, swimming pools pose serious health hazards when not properly maintained. Furthermore, your children risk nasty slips and falls from poorly maintained pool equipment and decks.

As such, it is imperative that you employ the proper measures to ensure the safety of your children as they enjoy their summer vacation. It takes a combination of a keen eye and a precautionary mind to prevent many of the dangers that surround the pool area in general.

Before You Visit the Swimming Pool:

Consider taking your kids through a swimming program. Just because they splash around and have fun in the pool (which, admittedly, is the goal of the activity for them) does not mean that they can swim. Basic swimming knowledge empowers your child to know how to prevent himself/herself from drowning and even to help fellow children in case an adult is not present.

Ensure you bring enough water and energy-packed snacks. Swimming is strenuous activity and you should ensure that your children restore their energy and hydration levels constantly.

Ensuring Your Children’s Safety as They Swim

1. Keeping an eye on your kids while they swim is not something to take lightly.

Accidents can take place in a matter of microseconds and it is your quick reactions that will save the situation. Always ensure you have a clear view of all the people in the pool at all times. Drowning can sometimes occur quietly and without any commotion whatsoever and as such, your keen eye is what will detect the distressed swimmer.

2. Styrofoam floaters and water wings do not constitute as proper swimming equipment.

These do not warrant you to divert your attention away from the children because in the event of contingency, they will be useless. Always ensure that the poolside has at least one adult or a teenager with proper training.

3. Your pool should be clear enough for you to see all the way through to the drain covers.

This way you will not only notice any defects that may harm the
swimmers, but you will also be able to see anyone who gets trapped in it and
react in time. Pool drains are strong enough to suck in adults, let alone
preschool kids.

4. Do not allow any of you children into the pool if they are sick.

Other than the obvious danger they will be putting themselves in, a sick child can contaminate the pool and infect every other person in it. Keeping your kids pool-safe entails protection even from sickness brought about by swimming in an
unhygienic swimming pool.

5. Keep the area around the swimming pool spotless.

Try as much as you can to clear the immediate vicinity of the pool in order to prevent accidental trips and falls. Limbs can be broken on the tiled surface of the deck and a child may even fall into the pool and suffer serious injuries.

Always ensure that the poolside has a life ring and a safety hook nearby in case you have to save a swimmer in distress. A poolside phone can also prove handy in emergency scenarios, as it will offer you quick access to emergency services.
Always stay alert and on the lookout for any signs of distress while your kids
are in the pool.