It is summer, which means people are pulling back their pool covers and preparing for swimming season. Before you open your residential pool for backyard pool parties and fun with the kids it is important to review safety guidelines to prevent accidents resulting in injuries or drowning. It is important to keep in mind, pool owners have a duty to follow certain laws and regulations in order to avoid liability.
At Farris, Riley, and Pitt, we are dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of residential pools in order to prevent injuries, drowning, and accidental death. The following safety guidelines will help keep your family, neighbors, and children safe this swim season.
Questions to ask before opening up your pool:
- Is there a gate or fence around the perimeter of your pool?
- Does your pool have anti-entrapment drain covers that are compliant with the P&SS Act?
- Has someone in the family received training in CPR, first aid and emergency response?
- Has everyone learned to swim?
- Know the skill level of your guests; many swimming pool accidents occur because the resident is unaware of a guests’ ability to swim
- Teach your children basic water safety
- Always watch your children when they are in or near the pool
- A first aid kit
- A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover, if needed
- A charged cell phone to call 911
- A flotation device
If you or a loved one has been injured in a residential swimming pool accident, do not hesitate to contact the law offices of Farris, Riley and Pitt for a free and confidential consultation.