Water drownings

Each year in the United States more than 1,000 children die in swimming related accidents, with approximately 33% of these deaths occurring in swimming pools. In the year 2000 over 3,400 people lost their lives in drowning. This number does not include people who drowned in boating accidents. Near drownings can leave the victim with serious problems, including brain damage. A large amount of water, such as a pool, is not required to pose a drowning threat. Many drownings occur in locations with as little as 2 inches of water, such as:
a. a bucket with water b. a sink c. a bath tub d. a toilet e. a puddle A drowning or swimming related accident can result in what is called a premises liability lawsuit. The owner and/or operator of a swimming pool could be found responsible for injuries that any child or adult sustains while on his or her property. Swimming accidents may occur because the owner was negligent and provided an unsafe environment. In most cities the local zoning regulations require that all pools be fenced. People realized many years ago that swimming pools attract children the way sugar attacks ants, therefore it is the responsibility of the owner of a swimming pool to take reasonable efforts to keep neighborhood kids out of the pool unless they are adequately supervised. The owner of a pool does not have to guarantee a person’s safety, but the owner has to take reasonable steps to protect neighborhood children from the pool.
Pools are great fun. In the past I had a pool and I enjoyed every minute of it. My son and I spent many relaxing afternoons after I got home from work swimming, diving for rings at the bottom of the pool, and in play. If you want a pool or have a pool do not let these safety warnings scare you off. Pools are like most things we have and enjoy these days. We need to periodically check to make sure they are adequately maintained. And, with a pool, take reasonable step to prevent unsupervised kids from entering in your backyard and swimming unsupervised. Now, go enjoy your pool!

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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