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?
Learn and Practice Water Safety Skills 
  • 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
Be extra cautious when alcohol is involved- When using a pool for parties and gatherings, most likely alcohol will be involved. Alcohol can impair judgment, balance, coordination, breathing, and the effects can be more severe in heat. According to the CDC 70% of adolescent and adult swimming pool deaths involved the use of alcohol. When parents are drinking, children are also more likely to be unsupervised.
Consider other health conditions- Be aware of other health conditions such as seizure disorders or other health conditions that would increase a persons’ danger in a swimming pool.
Create a Pool Safety Tool Kit– CPSC recommends that you create a pool safety toolkit to have near your pool or spa to ensure that if the worst happens, you are ready to respond. These are items that you should have in your pool safety tool kit:
  • 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
*Remember, drowning is a serious risk that can be prevented. Between 2005 and 2009, there were over 3,500 non-boating drowning accidents every year in the United States. Pool owners can do their part to prevent accidents and injuries and keep swimmers safe.

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.

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