With Labor Day right around the corner, people are gearing up for their last hoorah of summer. Labor Day means pool parties, cookouts, and more, and while it is important for everyone to have a good time, if you are hosting this year, you must ensure your house and property are safe for guests. One of the most fun, though very often the most dangerous aspect of Labor Day barbecues is swimming pools. Many people are injured in swimming pools every year, which is why as a pool owner, you are responsible for your guest’s safety. If you would like to learn more about pool safety tips or are someone who was injured in a swimming pool accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What should a pool owner do to ensure his or her pool is safe?
There are several steps all responsible pool owners should take to help ensure their pools are safe. Some of the most useful swimming pool safety precautions are as follows:
- Ensure all children swimming that are not tall enough to stand are wearing protective flotation devices. While nobody wants to tell a child he or she may not swim, you may actually be saving a life by doing so.
- Inform everybody present if your pool does not have a safe diving area. If there are no warnings and you did not inform a guest, there is a very good chance you may be held responsible for his or her injuries should an accident occur.
- Install all necessary barriers, covers, and fencing in and around the pool area.
- Remove all portable ladders when your pool is not in use, as pools naturally draw small children in who cannot swim. If your pool is unattended, a wandering child may fall in and not be able to save him or herself.
- Always swim sober and ensure all other guests are swimming safely.
- Never leave a child unattended in your pool.
- Do not allow anyone to use electronic devices near the water.
- Install all compliant drain covers.
- Learn CPR
How do I recover compensation following a swimming pool accident?
To recover financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. This means that you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. If you do not, the insurance companies will deny you of the financial compensation you need to cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, in-home care, and more. Do not wait–hire an experienced attorney who can get the ball rolling.
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