We’re approaching the time of year when people like to go out and enjoy some time in the pool. With what is going on at the moment with the Coronavirus, it may be a bit longer before we can resume these types of normal activity. But when it is time to head out to the backyard, you want to make sure you take the necessary steps for pool safety. Whether it’s kids, teenagers or adults who swim in your pool, you need to be careful. This means a few things. First, you need to have a fence around your pool. This includes a fence around your yard and a separate fence around the pool. You also need to make sure you have a set of stairs in the deep end. People need to be able to climb in and out, no matter what side of the pool they’re on. Finally, be careful if you have a diving board or slide. You be surprised how many people –adults included – get hurt while on a diving board. Most people’s yards aren’t big enough to have a giant pool like they do at motels and water parks. So it’s more dangerous to have a diving board in such a small pool.
Here, we’ll talk about what you can to do keep your friends and loved ones safe this summer. If you have a pool or swim in a neighbor or friend’s pool, you need to be careful.
On the flip side, if you’ve been injured in a swimming pool accident, you may need to speak with a personal injury attorney located in Atlanta.
You Need to Maintain a Fence Around the Pool
If someone has a pool in their backyard, proper pool safety calls for a fence around it. Most people have a fence around their yard. But to be extra safe, it’s a good idea to keep a fence around the pool as well. This can be similar to the fence you find outside the pools at motels and hotels. This way, kids can’t get in the yard or pool area and get hurt. It also helps keep children out of the pool area when there aren’t adults around to keep an eye on them.
The other reason you need a fence around the pool is to keep strangers out. When children or teenagers walk by and see a pool, they’ll be tempted to go into your yard. They may wait until you aren’t home and sneak in to go swimming. When this happens, all sorts of things can happen. They could drown. Or, they could go on the diving board and hit their head. If anyone is injured because a fence wasn’t up, the homeowner will be liable.
Make Sure You Set Ground Rules for Pool Safety
If you’re the kind of person who has friends and family over often, you need to be careful. Set some ground rules when it comes to people using your pool. Make sure kids and young children wear flotation devices. Put a rope up that divides the deep end from the shallow end. Make sure you have stairs in the shallow end and a ladder in the deep end. Maybe detach any slides or diving boards when you’re going to have company over. If you have a fence, lock it when you’re not around. At the end of the day, the homeowner is the one who will be held responsible if anyone gets hurt. So, having your friends and family frustrated that you have pool rules should be the least of your concerns.
Talk to an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Atlanta
Taking the necessary pool safety precautions will lower the chance of an accident. However, if you or your loved one are hurt in any sort of swimming pool accident, you should call our office. If the person who owned the pool didn’t take the necessary steps to keep their guests safe, they could be liable for any injuries that ensue. They need to keep a fence up. They need to make sure no children are swimming without adults there to supervise. They also need to make sure people aren’t allowed to swim if they’re drunk. If any of these things happen, you should talk to a skilled personal injury law firm in Georgia.
Call and schedule your initial consultation. You can sit down and tell them your side of the story. They’ll answer any questions you have. They can also give you an idea of what your case is worth. Sit down and let a skilled injury attorney explain what you’re up against. The consultation is free and you don’t pay a dime until you settle your case.