Owners of residential properties with swimming pools in Florida must abide by certain state regulations to ensure the safety of their guests. A failure to do so could result in them being held liable for any accidents and injuries that result.
Here are a few examples of some of those safety regulations.
- Barrier requirements: There must be barriers for residential swimming pools. These barriers should be at least four fight high, without any gaps or openings or other structural components that would allow a child to crawl under, climb over or squeeze through. That barrier should be around the perimeter of the pool, and separate from other enclosures. It must be far enough from the water’s edge to prevent someone from falling into the water.
- Gates: Gates that offer access should swing outward from the pool and be self-closing and self-latching. The release mechanism must be located on the pool side of the gate in an area that could not be reached by a young child through an opening or over the top.
- Walls of dwellings: Walls of dwellings can only serve as part of the barrier if there is no door or window that could open to provide access to the swimming pool.
- Drowning education: Failure to adhere to regulations could result in mandated drowning prevention education program attendance. The state may charge a fee to attend the program.
- Buyer information: All licensed pool contractors, home builders and developers must provide buyers documents that contain all of the Florida regulations regarding swimming pool safety and maintenance.
For more information about swimming pool safety requirements in the state of Florida and the responsibilities you have to certain groups of people to make the pool safe for use, contact an experienced Sarasota, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.