Don't look now, but summer is upon us.
With the temperature heating up in most parts of the country, those fortunate to have a pool may be enjoying some cool time lounging in the water.
But while a swimming pool in the backyard may be a great escape, homeowners should be aware that pools can also be an attractive nuisance that can create serious swimming pool liability too.
You may be asking yourself: "What is an attractive nuisance?"
Generally, attractive nuisance is a legal term that means that you have a special duty to protect children on your property. It can attach if something is so attractive to children that they can't help but come onto your property. Recreational items like swimming pools and an amazing swing set could all be attractive nuisances.
So if your property contains items that both draws children in and threatens them with harm, the law places a special responsibility on you to prevent harm. Fortunately, there are some basic steps you can take to make your pool safer and reduce the chance for swimming pool liability. Safety measures can include:
- Locking any gates and doors that lead to the pool
- Installing a non-climbable fence around the pool
- Purchasing a pool safety cover
- Having a telephone near the pool should an emergency arise
- Keeping an eye out when swimmers are in the pool
Summer fun can lead to summer danger. Swimming pools can be an attractive nuisance and pose a serious injury risk to children. However, some simple measures can greatly reduce your exposure to swimming pool liability.