LawCall - Swimming Pool Safety


The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and that means a lot of outdoor activities as we celebrate. Top of mind is safety around the water. Whether it is your backyard pool or your lakeside cottage – here are some things to keep you and yours safe.

The sad fact is that drowning is the second leading cause of death, after car accidents, in children 5 years old and younger.

Here are some tips for keeping your pool area safe:

  • Fences and walls surrounding a pool should be at least 4-feet high
  • Gates should be self-closing, self-latching
  • Doors leading out to the pool area should be protected with alarms
  • Use a power, lockable safety cover

Your yard should be fenced, but the immediate area around your pool should also have a fence. If you have small children, make sure that your gate has an automatic lock.

Gates, in addition to being self-locking and self-latching, should be well out of the reach of children.

Check your spa and pool covers regularly during the summer to ensure that they’re in proper working order. And consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm.

A motor-powered barrier that can be placed over the water area should be used when the pool is not in use.

The following are suggestions from the Red Cross to help you make water safety a priority.

  • Make sure that everyone in your family knows how to swim well. 
  • Establish swimming and pool rules for your family, and make no exceptions to those rules for family or friends.
  • Install and use barriers around your home pool and hot tub. Use safety covers and alarms.
  • If you have an above-ground pool, remove any ladders or other access to the pool when it is not in use.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. The difference between life and death is only a matter of seconds.

If you have legal questions, please consult our Online Legal Directory to find an attorney in your area.

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