Summer is here again and swimming pools will be in demand these next few months. Swimming pool owners, though, need to be aware of premises liability and know that the slightest bit of negligence can lead to accidents around or in the pool.

Children are the most common victims of swimming pool-related injuries. In the United States, more than 300 children aged five5 or younger drown every year, and 3,200 children go to hospitals because of near-drowning accidents. Children between the ages of one1 and fourto 4 years old are more prone to drowning even in pools containingwith just two2 inches of water. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drowning is the second major cause of accidental death for children ages one1 to 14.

Pool owners should make sure safety gear is always nearby and easily seen. A ring buoy and a reach pole should be readily available to prevent drowning. A first aid kit, wireless phone and emergency contact numbers should be handy. Owners also should surround their pools with secure fences with self-closing and locking gates. Pool covers also can be good protection to prevent kids and others from falling in the water when the pool is closed or unsupervised. Owners of above-ground pools should ensure that ladders are locked or removed when not in use.

In addition to putting safety gears and fences, pool owners need to be keep watch when children are on their premises. Keeping a watchful eye is crucial to ensure children are safe.

Although children are more prone to drowning, anyone can be a swimming accident victim. When negligence is shown, a property owner is liable for compensating anyone injured on his or her premises.

To press a claim for compensation, a victim should speak to a legal professional and pursue appropriate legal remedies.

Source: The Marietta Times, “Imperative to put safety first when near water,” June 1, 2013