There are currently no laws in the UK that require every pool to be fenced. In an official sense, when considering ‘does every pool have to be fenced’, you can confidently conclude that no, not every pool has to be fenced.
Should every pool have to be fenced?
The question: ‘Should every pool have to be fenced?’, however, should probably be answered with a firm yes. The reason for this is very simple; unattended, unfenced pools represent a serious risk of drowning or near drowning accidents, especially if young children and older individuals without the ability to swim are involved.
The risk of unfenced swimming pools
It is all too easy to say that you do not allow your children near the pool when you are not around to supervise them and that they are therefore safe without a fence. The question is what would happen if they were to slip out to the pool when you are not aware of their doing so.
It only takes a split second for a young child to topple into the water, perhaps by slipping or tripping, or by reaching over to get at a forgotten pool toy. The consequences of such a pool accident could be tragic.
Peace of mind
By fencing your pool with a solid fence, standing a minimum of four foot, and installing a gate with a self-closing latch, high enough to prevent small children from reaching them, you will give yourself the peace of mind that such a tragic accident by the pool cannot happen.
Responsibility for swimming pool safety
It is also worth considering that you are responsible for the health and safety of others. If anyone, even an intruder at night, should be injured at the pool, you could be held liable for their personal injuries, if it can be shown that you did nothing to prevent such accidental injuries. This includes installing a fence.
This applies to drowning and near-drowning accidents as much as it applies to injuries by slips, trips and falls.
Other people’s pools
In the same way, if you were injured by someone else’s pool, whether your injury was the result of a slip, trip or fall or any other kind of pool-related accident, you could be entitled to make a public liability claim.
You can learn more about personal injury claims, confirm your claim eligibility, and enlist an in-house Accident Advice Helpline lawyer, by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, and discussing your case with an advisor now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice