Owning a swimming pool is a dream that many potential homeowners have in common. What could be better than having a private place to cool off, socialize or get in your recommended daily dose of exercise? Before you break ground, however, you should understand the legal risks that pool ownership entails.
Maintain Your Slide or Diving Board
There is liability for injuries that happen in pools, especially those with slides or diving boards. If either of these features is improperly installed or damaged, it can lead to serious—even fatal—injury. To avoid this type of catastrophe from occurring on your property, make sure all pool features are impeccably cleaned and maintained at all times. If a board is slippery from moss or algae, divers could fall off while getting into position. Make sure slides are free of obstructions before letting swimmers loose. Finally, perform regular checks on the installation hardware to be sure nothing is loose, rusted or otherwise damaged.
Proper Signs and Warnings
Head-first diving should be prohibited unless the pool meets certain safety standards, and signs to this effect should be posted around the perimeter. Other safety regulations should be clearly posted as well, such as rules regarding the proper use of slides and ladders. Make it clear that any pool user who violates these rules will be banned from the swimming area. To help avoid accidental injury, the depth of the water should be clearly designated as well.
As of 2017, drowning was the highest cause of accidental death for children aged 1-4. In the summer of 2018, during the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day, no fewer than 148 children under age 15 drowned accidentally in swimming pools or hot tubs. These statistics are sobering enough to make even the most devoted water enthusiast think twice about installing a pool on their property. To keep your pool from becoming a danger to your friends, family members and neighbors, take fencing into account when you’re creating your pool budget. The pool must be completely surrounded by a fence no fewer than four feet high, with a gate that latches and locks. In addition, the key should be located where only responsible adult members of the household can find it.
By following these preliminary security measures, you can help to ensure that your household pool maintains its reputation as the relaxing haven it was meant to be.