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5 mistakes pool owners make that put others in danger

Whether you go to a public pool, a hotel pool or a pool in someone’s backyard, you probably assume it is going to be safe. You probably assume the owners know about -- and comply with -- the various pool regulations and take their ownership responsibilities very seriously.

Unfortunately, there are pool owners who fail to do these things. These failures can have catastrophic consequences including drowning and other serious injuries so it is crucial that owners take action to avoid mistakes – especially the five mistakes we examine below.

  1. Misusing chemicals: As noted in this Gizmodo article on chlorine gas clouds, misusing or improperly mixing cleaning chemicals poses a serious threat to people. Adverse chemical reactions can cause skin problems and make people very sick.
  2. Leaving it open: Residential pools should be secured by proper fencing and have a locking gate. There should also be door alarms and pool covers to prevent kids and others from gaining unwanted access to the pool.
  3. Delaying repairs: Drains and other elements of a pool should be maintained regularly and repaired immediately if they malfunction or break down.
  4. Failing to have rescue equipment: Pool owners should have life preservers and other rescue equipment easily accessible. A minor accident can turn deadly if these devices are missing or if people can’t access them.
  5. Failing to have proper signage: Signage is crucial in alerting people to pool depths, lifeguard availability and pool rules. Failure to have these signs puts people in danger and violates state regulations.

These common mistakes can lead to serious accidents for which pool owners should be held accountable. Whether a pool is in a backyard or a luxury hotel, it should be safe and properly mainlined. If it is not and an accident occurs, then injured victims and their families may want to discuss their legal options for compensation with an attorney.

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