Pool owners, regardless of whether a pool is public or private, have a responsibility to ensure the safety of users. In other words, home owners who have a private pool must take all necessary steps to prevent unsupervised or unwanted individuals from gaining pool access or having pool accidents.
Private pool safety
This responsibility includes:
- Ensuring both adults and children using the pool are supervised at all times
- Never allowing an accessible pool to be unattended
- Preventing children being tempted by pool toys by clearing all of them out when not using the pool
- Asking guests to supervise their children
- Never permitting use of the pool by intoxicated individuals
- Having well maintained life-saving equipment at hand
In order to prevent accidents at unattended pools, it is recommended to prevent unauthorised access by having:
- Fencing and gates, at a minimum height of four feet, completely surrounding the pool
- Self-closing gates with latches high enough to prevent children reaching them
- A pool cover that can be secured installed and using it
It is also important to ensure:
- Household members are trained in CPR
- Rescue equipment is close to the pool and in good working order
Installing a pool alarm to alert you to the disruption of the water surface may also help to prevent drowning or near-drowning incidents.
Private pool surrounds
While pool surrounds are likely to be wet and visitors must ensure they prevent injuries by slipping by minding their step, pool owners must ensure slips, trips and falls in other areas of their garden and home are prevented by keeping pathways, decking and indoor areas dry and free of clutter likely to represent slip, trip or fall hazards.
Private pool mishaps
If you sustain an injury by slipping, tripping or falling, a near-drowning incident, or any other kind of accident at a private pool because these steps were not taken, you may qualify for a personal injury claim.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice