Owning a pool can increase the value of your home and make your yard a more enjoyable place to spend time. However, if you are going to own a pool, you will need to observe a few safety rules. These rules are in place to keep you, your family and anyone else who may wander onto your property safe from harm as well as safe from a possible lawsuit.
Keep Ladders or Other Steps Secure When Not in Use
If your pool is above ground, it may come with a ladder that you can take off and put back on when you want to go in or out. It is critical that you don’t leave the ladder or any other type of steps on the pool when it is not in use or when you can’t be around to supervise any children who may want to swim. While the law generally protects you from liability if an individual trespasses on your property, such protections often don’t apply if the trespasser is a child.
Install a Fence or a Locked Gate Near Inground Pools
Pools that are place in the ground should have fences or locked gates surrounding them. This prevents anyone from accidentally falling in or anyone walking onto your property and using your pool when you are not home. In the event that anyone picks the lock or climbs the fence, they are ultimately responsible for what happens to them regardless of how old they are. This is because you took steps in accordance with the law to guard against injury to anyone who tried to access the pool. A fence or locked gate may also be beneficial if you have a hot tub.
Don’t Use Too Much Chlorine
Using too much chlorine could cause skin burns as well as irritate your eyes. It could also turn your hair white in a matter of minutes. While you may want to keep bugs or other pests at bay, there is generally no need to do so with excessive amounts of chemicals. In most cases, a quick skim each day will remove bugs, leaves and anything else you don’t want in your pool while you or others are taking a swim. If anyone feels a burning sensation on their skin or in their eyes, have that person take a shower. You should call 911 for emergency help if washing the chlorine off doesn’t resolve the issue.
It is the responsibility of the pool owner to ensure that it is secured when not in use and safe to use when someone wants to go swimming. Failure to do so could result in financial losses and increases to your homeowners insurance rates.