On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than relaxing in your
pool. Whether it’s an above-ground, in-ground, or kiddie pool, children
are usually the first ones to cannonball right in for a game of “Marco-Polo”
or a few laps in their floaties. Adults may enjoy a cold beverage while
lounging around the pool, or dipping their feet in while watching the
kids. As fun as pools are, they can also be very dangerous.
According to the American Red Cross, over 200 young children drown in pools
every year. Thousands more are injured, and these figures continue to
rise when you include adults. In New York State, homeowners may find themselves
liable for any incidents that happen in or near their pools. Follow these
tips to protect your family and friends while enjoying your pool:
- Make sure that everyone near the pool knows how to swim, or that they are
wearing a properly fitting flotation device.
- The pool must be fenced or walled in by a barrier that is four feet or
higher. The latch on the gate should be self-securing and high enough
that it is out of a child’s reach. No one should have access to
the pool when it is not in use by the homeowners.
- No children should be allowed in or near the pool without adult supervision.
It is also a good idea for adults to make sure that someone is home before
they go in the pool so that they can be checked on occasionally.
- At least one person in your household should know CPR. Even an untrained
person is able to perform chest compressions at a rate of 100-120 per
minute until paramedics arrive.
- Keep safety and rescue devices readily available near the pool. These can
include rescue ropes and poles, and floating rings.
- Maintain a clean pool, but keep cleaning chemicals locked up and away from
children and pets. Water should be tested regularly to ensure that it
is a proper pH level.
- Establish “Pool Rules” for family and visitors. These should
include proper usage of the pool--no horseplay, no running on the deck,
no eating and swimming, when it is appropriate to swim (with adult supervision),
and health tips--wear sunscreen and proper swimming attire.
- Do not allow intoxicated adults to use the pool. Impaired judgment may
cause someone to slip and fall onto the hard deck, or into the pool, which
can be potentially life threatening. Beverages in glass bottles should
never be enjoyed near a pool. Broken glass is nearly impossible to see
in a pool and may cut swimmers.
To make sure that you have a safe and fun summer, follow these pool safety tips.
If we represent you, we will conduct an extensive investigation to determine
the cause of a drowning accident. We are committed to aggressively pursuing
damages if the incident was the result of another individual's negligence.
We have more than four decades of experience representing clients in personal
injury and wrongful death cases, and can provide you with valuable legal
advice and caring assistance when pursuing a claim.
Our legal team guides our clients through each part of the claims process
to minimize frustration and anxiety. A Long Island personal injury lawyer
from our firm may be able to provide legal representation if you or a
loved one were injured in a drowning accident.
Contact us today for the legal guidance you can rely upon!