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Protect guests in a swimming pool

On Behalf of | May 13, 2022 | Personal Injury

During the late spring and summer, you may want to host your family and friends for a pool party. As the host, you have to make sure that everyone will be safe at your home.

Your guests could easily experience harm if they do not know how deep your pool is. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a swimming pool should have clear depth indicators. This can help ensure that guests, especially children, do not swim in water that is too deep. Additionally, these indicators show people where they can dive. Diving into shallow water can result in spinal cord injuries. You could be responsible for these if you did not show people where it was appropriate to dive.

Monitor alcohol consumption

During summer gatherings, many guests could consume alcohol. However, people cannot swim safely if they are drunk. They typically experience impaired vision and have a slower reaction to potential hazards. Additionally, your guests may have poorer judgment after consuming several drinks. An intoxicated guest may disregard your safety rules or take unnecessary risks around the pool. This could cause them to fall in and potentially sustain injuries.

Emphasize child safety

You should use extra precautions when some of your guests are children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that it may only take seconds for a child to drown in a swimming pool. Any time children are in or near the water, an adult should supervise them. This person should refrain from drinking and using a cellphone until the children are away from a pool. If some children are not strong swimmers, you could provide life jackets for them.

While your guests should respect your pool rules, you also have to take precautions to ensure their safety. If you fail to exercise due care, you could be legally responsible for any injuries.