How to Make Your Pool Area Safer for the Summer
Summer is almost here, which means an uptick in the number of pool-related injuries that will be seen in intensive care units across the country. Some of the accidents are inevitable and can’t be prevented at all. For example, if someone decides to go for a swim alone, if they accidentally drown after having a stroke in the pool, the pool owner wouldn’t be held liable for the incident. On the other hand, if a pool owner never repairs a crack in the poolside cement, and someone trips over it and breaks an ankle, the owner would be liable for that person’s medical bills. Here are a few tips for making your pool area safer for others before summer arrives.
Tip 1: Improving Your Poolside Traction
It’s almost impossible to prevent people from tracking water all around the poolside. The water also makes it a hazardous environment to navigate, particularly for individuals who run around the pool. Placing rubber mats around the pool edge would cause the water evaporate faster and would give people a little more traction. This will prevent you from being targeted with a slip-and-fall lawsuit, particularly if you also include a “no running” sign near the water.
Tip 2: Build a 4-Sided Fence
Many people have a barrier or wall that separates their property from their neighbor’s property. However, not many have a fence that separates the pool from the rest of the yard. Installing a 4-sided fence will prove that you have taken every precaution to ensure no child drowns in your pool accidentally. Children can be hard to keep track of because of their insatiable curiosity. If someone accidentally leaves a backdoor open, and you don’t have a fence around the pool, a curious toddler could wind up falling into the water with no knowledge of how to float or swim. Smaller children are also off balance in the water, as they are already uncoordinated and tend to have heavier upper bodies. If they tip over in the water, they may have no way of righting themselves again.
Tip 3: Post Signs
It may seem strange to post public pool signs in a private pool area, but you may need to do so to remind people that private pools are no safer for people than public ones. They also shouldn’t take liberties with safety just because they know the person to whom the pool belongs. If you want to avoid a premises liability suit, take the precaution of posting “no running” and “no diving” signs near your pool.
Tip 4: Install a Safety Cover
If you’ve never seen a safety cover, they look like giant green trampolines. However, they do the important job of keeping kids and animals from accidentally falling into the pool and drowning. You may not need it if you’re using your pool daily during the summer, but if you’re going to have long periods of inactivity, take the precaution by installing a cover.
Tip 5: Buy a Lifesaver with a Rope or a Shepherd’s Hook
You may have seen them in public pool areas, but it doesn’t hurt to keep one by your own pool. The brightly colored rings are made of hard plastic or foam and can be used to help pull drowning people closer to those who can help lift them out. Alternatively, you could buy a shepherd’s hook. This is a long pole with a loop at the end of it which you can use to wrap around a drowning individual.
Tip 6: Increase Adult Supervision
Too many children have drowned as a result of inadequate supervision. Whenever children are in a pool, they should be supervised at all times by vigilant adults. Likewise, for children who can’t swim, an adult should always be an arm’s length away from them at all times. While floating devices can be useful, they won’t help if a child can’t right themselves in the water.
Stay safe this summer. However, if you or your loved ones are injured through the negligence of a pool owner, don’t hesitate to give us a call. People should be held responsible for their actions and their inactions if it leads to someone else’s injury. Our law firm is experienced in fighting for the rights of people who have been injured wrongfully by another individual or business. Scarlett Law Group has more than 25 years of experience helping people recover substantial settlements for our clients. Our attorneys are well-versed in the law and also highly rated. They also continually educate themselves on the latest updates in personal injury law. Let us see what we can do for you and your case. Contact us at (415) 688-2176 or fill out our online form to schedule your case consultation today. We look forward to helping you.