As the owner of a property with a swimming pool, you have a responsibility to keep the pool area safe for everyone’s use. State law has a variety of stipulations regarding swimming pool safety that you must follow. But some general tips that will be of great value to you include:
- Always supervise children: Children should never be left unattended around water. Make sure there’s someone designated to watch the pool area at all times. The person tasked with this responsibility should not be reading, or using their phone—they should be carefully supervising the children playing in the area.
- Install all necessary barriers and safety features: There are certain types of fences and barriers that are required to be installed to keep people (especially children) safe. A fence surrounding the pool should be at least four feet high and surround the fence on all sides. The water should only be accessible through a gate that is both self-closing and self-latching. Consider also installing covers and alarms.
- Avoid drains: Everyone should stay away from drains and suction outlets, especially children. Hair, bathing suits and body parts could get stuck in those areas, which could cause injury.
- Learn CPR: If you own a swimming pool, it is a very good idea to learn CPR and get certified, and to encourage other adults using the pool to do the same. If an accident ever occurs, you’ll be prepared.
- Have proper drain covers: Faulty drain covers can result in suction injuries. All pools and spas must have drain covers and grates that fulfill safety regulations set by the state or municipality.
For more safety tips for swimming pool owners, contact a trusted Sarasota personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.