Swimming pools are a popular source of enjoyment during the summer months in the United States. Pools help people cool off fast and relax, but they can also be the cause of slip and fall accidents and premises liability lawsuits.

A slip and fall accident occurs when a person is injured when they trip, slip, or fall because of a dangerous condition that exists on someone else’s property. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control projects that almost eight million people are injured each year in slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents are most prevalent for individuals who are 65 years of age or older.

Swimming Pool Accident Liability

There are thousands of businesses such as hotels, bars, apartment buildings, and casinos in the United States with swimming pools, as well as hundreds of thousands of pools that are open to the public. Swimming pool owners must use reasonable care to ensure that their swimming pool and the area surrounding it are safe for everyone using it. The standard of care is even higher when the pool is open to the public or to customers.

It is very difficult to make a swimming pool area completely dry since water easily escapes onto the surrounding area. The area around a pool is often covered by concrete or a hard tile that is not forgiving in a fall. Areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, dressing rooms, and decks can also be dangerous slipping hazards.

Precautions Against Slip and Fall Accidents

Pool owners can reduce the risk of a slip and fall accident from occurring on their property by taking the following precautions at their swimming pool:

  • Clean up any and all food and beverage spills
  • Get rid of any objects that may pose a tripping risk to pool patrons
  • Make sure the surface surrounding a swimming pool is not slippery and has high traction
  • Have safety plans in place in case someone is injured or is drowning, such as having a lifeguard, flotation devices, handrails, and a person trained in CPR nearby
  • Build a fence around your pool or take other measures to reduce the risk of someone, especially a child, from being injured
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