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Swimming Pool Hazards

Swimming pools can be a great place for relaxing, for exercising, or for entertaining guests—especially during the hot summer months. However, there are many dangers that also come along with pools, and it is important to be familiar with these so that they can be avoided at all costs. Every year, both children and adults are injured in pool-related accidents that could have easily been prevented with a little extra caution.

Broken / Faulty Products

We will start with a group of hazards that are usually not the fault of the pool owner. If a manufacturer or installer has done something incorrectly during the process of giving you your pool, dangers could exist for anyone playing in or around the pool area. Examples of these types of hazards are:

  • A broken drain cover that catches feet or hands
  • Sharp edges on the pool floor, sides or ledges
  • A short in a sump pump that could cause electrocution

If any of these types of injuries occur / have occurred to you, the manufacturer is responsible for any and all damages that have been suffered as a result of these malfunctions. Nevertheless, be sure to check your pool and pool equipment for any of these dangers before allowing your family and friends to use the pool.

General Negligence

Unfortunately, accidents involving pools are most frequently caused by simple carelessness. Typically this occurs when children playing in or around a pool are not properly supervised, or when a pool is not adequately protected. In order to prevent accidents from occurring in your pool, here are a few things you can do to keep your family and friends safe:

  • NEVER let children play in the pool area unsupervised
  • Keep a fence around your pool / pool area that locks so that children cannot get into the pool area without your knowledge or permission
  • Keep a cover over the pool when it is not in use so that individuals cannot fall in and drown
  • Keep safety / rescue equipment handy in case an emergency occurs
  • Make sure people using the pool are acting safely (i.e., no running or fighting in or near the pool)

Summer is a time of fun and relaxation. To keep your summer free of pool-related injuries, follow the above guidelines to ensure a safe and happy summer for your friends and your family.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a pool-related accident, contact the Stevens Point swimming and diving injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-248-0171.