As warmer months begin to approach, many Pennsylvanians will turn to public and residential swimming pools to cool off. However, when pools and their surrounding facilities aren’t maintained to the proper safety standards required by law, slip and fall accidents can occur. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that an average of 4,900 pool and spa related injuries were treated in emergency rooms from 2011 – 2013. More than a quarter of those injuries happened in and around public pools.
Pool owners are required by law to provide a safe environment for guests within their facility. This includes eliminating any potential hazards in and around the water; making sure guardrails, steps, diving boards and slides are sturdy and sound; and equipping public pools with certified lifeguards when required. Owners also need to prevent unauthorized access to pools when not in use. Those who do not take precautions beforehand leave themselves liable in the event of a swimming pool accident on the premises.
The most important, and for some the most surprising, fact about pool-related accidents is that most are preventable. While many depend on pool owners and operators to ensure our safety as guests, there are steps pool attendees can take to protect themselves from avoidable accidents this summer. The CPSC offers the following tips as part of its national pool safety education effort:
- Never leave children unattended in or near water.
- Teach children the basics of water safety.
- Keep a phone nearby in case of emergency.
- Stay away from pipes and drains to avoid entrapment.
- Know CPR and basic life-saving techniques for adults and children.
- Install fencing and self-latching gates around pools and encourage neighbors to do the same.
Even though you may take every safety precaution as a swimmer, slip and fall accidents in and around pools still happen. Victims of pool-related slip and fall injuries caused by negligent pool owners under premises liability law are urged to seek legal representation in the event an accident does occur.
Harrisburg Slip and Fall Lawyers at Moyles Law Firm Hold Negligent Pool Owners Accountable in Slip and Fall Accidents
Pool-related accident victims need to seek compensation for injuries caused by outdated, inadequate, or hazardous facilities. When you accept responsibility for accidents that are not your fault, you can experience financial distress and leave others at risk for similar injuries. Harrisburg slip and fall lawyers at the Moyles Law Firm offer free consultations on any personal injury case. Call us today in Pittsburgh at 412-281-1055 or in Harrisburg at 717-233-5400, or contact us online to get started.