People who live in and around Palm Springs during this time of year are aware of just how high the temperatures can soar. As we get closer to the Fourth of July weekend, folks all across California will be looking for ways to relax and beat the heat. In many cases, this will likely include a dip in the pool.
Swimming pools can be great fun for people, but they are also responsible for serious and fatal pool accidents if they are not maintained properly. Now that summer is in full swing, it may be a good time to discuss the common dangers and risks that can be present in and around swimming pools.
There are many precautions that pool owners in California must keep in mind during months like this when people flock to a swimming pool for relief from the heat. For example, walkways around the pool should be cleared of obstacles. The water in a pool should be monitored closely to make sure that there are no harmful chemicals or objects that could cause injury or illness. Fencing around a pool must be adequately installed to prevent others from gaining access to the property. And children should be properly monitored in pool areas to make sure they do not fall into the water and drown.
Drowning accidents in California are far too common and many of them involve a young child. Accidental drowning is one of the most common causes of accidental deaths among children in this country. And the California Department of Public Health has reported that about 50 percent of these drowning accidents occur in a backyard pool.
People who have swimming pools in their backyards have an increased responsibility to maintain safe premises. The consequences of not doing so can be catastrophic. People, especially young children, are at risk of getting injured or drowning in a poorly maintained pool. If property owners in California are negligent in their duty to keep a property safe for visitors, victims of any accident that occurs as a result may want to consider pursing compensation from the negligent property owner.
Source: The Sacramento Bee: "Melissa Arca: Drowning is silent and preventable," Melissa Arca, June 27, 2013