After the long, cold winters we face in New York, there's no better
feeling than when it's time to open our backyard pools for the summer.
However, along with the luxury of owning a pool comes with the responsibility
to keep visitors and swimmers safe. When you invite other people to your
house to use your pool, it's your duty to provide a safe atmosphere
in which they can enjoy swimming. If you fail to maintain your pool area
properly, you may find yourself facing a premises liability case.
There are certain measures you should take to make sure your pool area is safe:
- Have a fence that is at least four feet high and completely surrounds the
swimming pool, obstructing access to the pool.
- Make sure children and non-swimmers are supervised at all times.
- Invest in a pool alarm that notifies you when someone enters the water.
- Have a lifesaver or floatation device available to throw in the pool in
the event someone is having trouble swimming.
- Make sure your pool has compliant drain covers. Keep children away from
drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment.
- Keep the pool properly maintained and in good working condition. Make sure
there are no hazards surrounding the pool that may cause someone to trip or fall.
Owning a pool is a great privilege, but it is important to remember your
duty to keep your friends, family and neighbors safe. You could still
face a premises liability suit even if the person who was hurt in your
pool wasn't invited over; it's up to you to provide a safe, well-maintained
environment so that doesn't happen.
If you or someone you love was injured on someone else's property and
it was a result of the property owner's negligence, contact the
Kingston premises liability attorneys at Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor for a free consultation by calling