Protecting Yourself and Others In and Around Your Pool
The summer recreation season is fast approaching and for many families that means lots of activity around the swimming pool. Southern California may well be the swimming pool capitol of the world with almost 100,000 backyard pools in the San Fernando Valley alone.
Swimming pools are great for relaxing during the hot summer months. Entertaining family and friends with barbecues, birthday parties, or just an afternoon of swimming can be great fun for everyone. But water safety should always be at the top of your priority list when hosting or attending a gathering around a swimming pool.
Swimming Pool Injuries Are All Too Common
Each year thousands are injured or killed in swimming pool accidents. If you own a swimming pool and have children or entertain friends, you should take every precaution to make sure they are safe and protected while on your property. First, this means having the right insurance coverage at a sufficient level in the event that someone outside of your immediate family is injured.
Most pool owners believe that their homeowner’s insurance offers adequate protection. This is usually not the case. Sadly, many people find this out much too late. If you’re unsure, consult with your insurance professional to be certain that your coverage is adequate to protect you, your family, and your assets in the event of an injury or death in your pool. Medical expenses are the same whether the cause was deliberate or accidental. And whether it took place at your home or theirs, victims will need help with those expenses. Unfortunately, the liability will rest with you if someone is injured in your pool. Even good friends can be placed in the uncomfortable position of having to sue you to protect their own best interests.
To protect yourself, your family and your guests, be sure you always follow these pool safety rules, and create any others that may be appropriate for your situation. Make your guests aware, up front, of what is expected of them.
A Few Tips to Avoid Swimming Pool Accidents
- Always designate a responsible adult who can swim as your pool watcher.
Relieve him or her every 20 to 30 minutes.
- Learn to swim and teach your child to swim.
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and keep your skills updated.
- No one swims alone. Not even adults.
- Make sure all children know the safety rules before they go near the pool.
- Enforce the rules. Anyone who violates them should be asked to leave the pool immediately.
- Anyone who cannot swim must wear a flotation device.
- No running or rough play in or near the pool.
- No diving in shallow water.
- Never stand or play on a pool cover.
- If you’ve lost track of a child, look in the pool or spa first.
Want to Learn More About Swimming Pool Safety?
To get additional information about swimming pool safety, download the free Safety Guide for Home Swimming Pools and Spas from the California Department of Public Health, or visit The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and The American Academy of Pediatrics.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a pool-related accident, or if someone was injured in a pool that you own, then you need to be advised of exactly what your rights and responsibilities are. An experienced attorney can help guide you through this difficult process and help protect you and your family.
Aslin Tutuyan is Available to Advise You
Aslin Tutuyan is a personal injury attorney with The Mandell Law Firm in Northridge. Mandell Law is an aggressive personal injury law firm serving clients throughout the San Fernando Valley, the Greater Los Angeles area, and Southern California. Experienced and reputable, our attorneys provide hands-on care and sincere commitment to victims of accidents of all kinds, including swimming pool accidents. Contact Aslin Tutuyan for a free consultation at 818.866.6600.