How to Avoid Pool Related Lawsuits

One of the best ways to beat the heat during the summer in South Carolina is a day spent in the pool. Whether you are enjoying a lazy day with friends and family poolside, or are throwing a pool party, there are certain precautions you should take to prevent injury to guests and possible liability claims. Review the safety measures below to ensure that guests remain safe while having a good time.

Water Balance

Use pool maintenance best practices and ensure that the chemicals used to kill bacteria and keep the water sanitary are properly balanced and the water is safe for swimmers. The CDC says to aim for a pH between 7.2 and 7.8. Also avoid adding non essential chemicals, such as those used to create glow effects under blacklight. While it may look cool, some pool guests may react poorly to the chemicals and require medical attention, opening you up to a lawsuit.

Electrical Hazards

Ensure that any wiring near and around your pool, such as those for lighting, are properly maintained and repaired to avoid potential electrocution.

Small Child Safety

Always have an adult supervise children when they are at your pool, especially small children who may not know how to swim. According to the CDC, children between the ages of 1 to 4 are most likely to die from drowning, so make sure that little children use size appropriate “floaties” while playing in the pool.

Slippery Surfaces

Prevent falls by making sure there are no slippery areas around the pool. Add rubber mats for extra traction, and check your diving board to ensure it is in good working order.

Have you been involved in a pool related accident and need representation? Contact the offices of Barth, Ballenger and Lewis and talk with our Florence personal injury professionals today.