Three ways homeowners can ensure pool safety

West Virginia residents who own a swimming pool should know that 3,536 Americans die every year in unintentional non-boating drowning accidents. There are 7.4 million swimming pools and over 5 million hot tubs on residential or public properties across the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it's important that the owners do all they can to prevent drowning. Below are three ways to ensure pool safety.

First, homeowners may want to install a climb-resistant fence around the pool. It should be at least 4 feet high, and its vertical slats should be spaced no more than 4 inches apart. This can keep their children as well as neighboring kids from entering the pool area without supervision or without permission. Adding a pool alarm is also recommended.

Second, homeowners should lay down some basic rules for both their family and any visitors. For example, homeowners should prohibit riding toys like tricycles and electronics like radios around the pool. They should prohibit running and horseplay and require everyone to put away inflatable toys once they are done.

The third way is to address chemical and mechanical risks. Pool suction fittings and plumbing grates should be secure, and the pool suction shutoff switch should be easily accessible in case of emergencies. Chemicals should be properly labeled in their original containers and locked up.

In the event that swimming pool injuries arise on someone's property, victims or their family may be able to pursue a claim and be compensated for medical bills and other losses. A premises liability claim only works if it can be proven that the other's negligence contributed to the injuries. This is why hiring a lawyer may be recommended. A lawyer might hire investigators to work on gathering proof of negligence.

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