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Safety Tips for Hosting Summer Pool Parties

Property owners who do not comply with all federal and local statutes for pool safety are at greatest risk of a lawsuit due to negligence. Also, failure to conduct regular inspections of the pool area to correct any unsafe conditions may leave a property owner liable for injuries to guests. Property owner liabilities for drowning and injuries One of the most important laws related to pool safety is the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act. This act became law in December of 2008. Its purpose is to reduce the risk an injury and drowning caused by drain entrapment or other... 

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Property owners who do not comply with all federal and local statutes for pool safety are at greatest risk of a lawsuit due to negligence. Also, failure to conduct regular inspections of the pool area to correct any unsafe conditions may leave a property owner liable for injuries to guests.

Property owner liabilities for drowning and injuries

One of the most important laws related to pool safety is the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act. This act became law in December of 2008. Its purpose is to reduce the risk an injury and drowning caused by drain entrapment or other accidents related to the drain covers in pools and spas. The act also includes standards for pool enclosure and some additional pool safety measures.

In addition to federal requirements, most states have laws for both public and private residential pools. These state laws often include statutes for child-resistant fences, signage, alarms, and other anti-entrapment equipment. A wrongful death attorney can advise property owners about other state and local municipality requirements.

Water sickness and chemical injuries

There are less obvious risks than drowning lurking in the water of many pools that anyone hosting a pool party should take steps to eliminate. Swimming pools that are not properly treated in advance put swimmers at risk of contracting a recreational water illness (RWI). These illnesses are a result of swallowing or touching contaminated water. The contact can be as simple as breathing in the mist of inadequately treated water. An RWI causes gastrointestinal sickness, infections of ears and eyes, also respiratory problems.

Chemicals such as chlorine do not eliminate germs immediately. Germs like Cryptosporidium can live in treated water for several days. Additionally, chlorine is linked to asthma in children who spend more than one hour a week in a treated pool. There are over 4,000 reported pool-chemical illnesses each year. Property owners must follow all instructions for storage and handling of pool chemicals to prevent a lawsuit or insurance claim because a guest suffered an RWI or chemical injury.

Summertime cookouts and pool parties with loved ones create great memories that last a lifetime. A backyard pool has many benefits for property owners like privacy and convenience. Along with the many perks come the responsibilities of maintaining the pool and keeping it safe and secure. The best investment for any pool owner is taking the time to ensure their pool is legally compliant and in good repair.

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