Public Pool Safety

by Pool Builders on 07-04-2010 in Articles

A favorite activity of friends and family during the summer is visiting the pool. Because a public pool is considered a "premise", the management staff and lifeguards are responsible for providing a safe environment for all patrons. This includes making sure that the water is safe to swim in (and free from bacteria, such as E. coli) and the surrounding environment is free from hazards.

Though this law does not protect all accidents and injuries at the pool (certain premises have "swim at your own risk" signs), you may still be able to bring legal action against the property owner if an accident occurs. The best way to know if you have a legitimate case is by contacting an experienced legal professional who specializes in personal injury lawsuits. He or she can evaluate the individual characteristics of your unique claim and determine if you should pursue bringing your case to court or not.

As a responsible parent or pool patron, the following safety concerns should be noticed:

  • Are there any tripping hazards around the pool area?
  • Is rescue equipment readily available?
  • Is there a phone in clear view (may be needed for emergencies)?
  • Are there water safety rules posted and are those rules enforced?
  • Is the pool water clean or cloudy?
  • Is there a lifeguard on duty? Are there enough lifeguards to monitor the entire pool area?

If any of these factors are not present and an accident occurs, you may be able to bring the pool management to court. Your safety should not be compromised if you are looking to simply enjoy a hot afternoon in the pool and, if it is, legal action should be pursued.

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