Summer is here and pool safety is a priority for all home owners, condo associations, hotels, resorts and the local parks across South Florida. We have seen reports on the television and in the local newspapers stories about children drowning in pools due to poor supervision. These drowning incidents can sometimes be ruled as accidents and no negligence found, but they can are become all too common during the upcoming summer months.
I posted an article last year about pool safety and I’m just going to go over some of the safety tips for you as an owner:
1. Always ensure an adult or two is supervising the children at ALL times.
2. Install a four-sided barrier (such as a fence with gates that automatically close) around the entire pool area.
3. Install alarms on pool gates so that you know if anyone enters the pool area while you're not watching.
4. Use safety covers to prevent drowning while the pool is not actively in use.
5. All adults and children who use the pool should know how to swim.
6. Get basic CPR training and first aid training to help victims in case of an accident.
7. Install an outdoor phone line or keep a cell phone handy to quickly reach emergency services should and accident occur.
Following these basic steps and developing some of your own precautions to ensure the safety of your guests, should relieve you of some liability. You should always seek legal counsel to ensure that your rights are reserved.
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one on someone else's property, it is critical that you contact a Fort Lauderdale premises liability attorney to represent your case. At the Law office of Cohn and Smith we have represented victims of this type of injury. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of our offices for your free consultation via phone 954 346 0607 or 305 624 9186 or visit us online.