Homeowners with a pool must be extremely cautious and aware of drowning risk, particularly with children, regardless of whether or not they have children. In fact, Florida sees more child drownings under the age of five than any other state. Those who own a pool that’s accessible to a child at any time may be held responsible in the event of a death.
These accidents fall under the Personal Injury legal category referred to as Wrongful Death cases. Swimming pools are considered by law to be an “attractive nuisance”, which refers to a property owner’s liability to prevent access to any hazardous object or condition that might be found attractive to a child. Therefore, a pool owner must take adequate steps to deter anyone from gaining access to the pool without the owner’s permission.
Pool owners should:
- Place childproof enclosures around the pool
- Provide accessible stairs to get out of the pool
- Never allow young children or non-swimmers to use the pool unattended by an adult with swimming capability
- Never allow reckless behavior in the pool or pool area that could endanger the safety of any guests
If preventative safety steps such as these are not taken by pool owners, the results can be disastrous, and the pool owner can be held liable for any injuries or loss of life.