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Safety tips for swimming pool owners

As hot and humid weather approaches, many Massachusetts residents may be looking forward to cooling off in their swimming pools. While swimming can be an enjoyable sport, those who own a swimming pool can be held liable if someone is injured on their property. With a few safety tips, however, swimming pool owners can ensure that everyone stays safe on their property. In the first place, pool owners might consider putting up a fence around their pool. It should be 4 feet or higher and should have self-closing gates secured with latches. Without a fence, straying children and pets can easily fall into an underground pool and quickly drown. Pool covers can also be used to prevent drowning accidents all year long. For above-ground pools, pool owners can take away the pool’s ladder or steps to deter people from getting into the pool. Before property owners invite guests to swim in their pools, they can benefit from doing a thorough examination of their pool to ensure it is working properly. First, it is a good idea to make sure the pool has the right amount of chemicals to prevent bacteria from growing and contaminating the water. They should also check to see that all the pool’s drain covers are working correctly. Furthermore, keeping safety items nearby the pool, such as flotation devices, can be helpful in emergencies. Property owners are required by law to keep their property safe, not only for the benefit of their guests but also to avoid being hit with a premises liability lawsuit. Therefore, if a guest suffers a serious injury in or near a swimming pool because the property owner was negligent in ensuring his or her safety, the victim may be able to hold the property owner liable for damages via a premises liability claim.