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Pool hazards to be aware of

On Behalf of | May 30, 2023 | Premises Liability

The summer months in Mississippi tend to be extremely hot and humid, which means that you’ll likely spend time by a pool. Of course, there are a number of hazards that you may encounter, and if you have a pool on your property, there are several hazards that you’ll need to mitigate on an ongoing basis.

Unauthorized use

Perhaps the biggest concern that you may have as a pool owner is the possibility that someone will use it without your permission. If someone is hurt while using your pool for any reason, you may be liable for any damages a victim may incur. You can mitigate this risk by adding a fence, a locked gate or other tools that will prevent someone from accessing the pool when you’re not around. A no trespassing sign may also be an effective way to minimize the risk of a premises liability lawsuit in the aftermath of a pool accident.

Slippery conditions

Pool decks, ladders and other components may become wet and slippery after even minimal use. A slippery pool deck has the potential to result in a slip, trip or fall, which might result in serious injuries. The risk of a slip, trip or fall may be enhanced if you are running or walking while distracted by headphones or other items.

Poor water quality

It’s never a good idea to ingest pool water as it may contain a number of contaminants that could result in serious harm to your health. Of course, simply being in the water could be harmful to your health if it has too much chlorine or is contaminated by bodily fluids or similar substances.

If you are injured while on another person’s property, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Medical bills, photos or other lines of evidence may be used to bolster your claim that you were hurt because of another person’s negligence. If you own a pool, photos, videos or witness statements may help you if another person claims that your negligence led to their injuries.