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Staying safe by an Ohio pool

If a homeowner owns a pool, it is his or her responsibility to make sure that it is in safe working condition throughout the year. Homeowners are generally responsible for the safety of all invited guests at all times even when a pool may not be in use. To protect both adults and children on the property, there are some basic pool safety steps that can be taken.

First, a fence should be installed around the pool in addition to gates that can latch or close themselves. If the pool is above ground, all steps or ladders to the pool should be removed when it is not in use. It may be a good to check on chlorine or anything else that is put in the pool to ensure that bacteria is not an issue.

Children should be supervised at all times, and it is recommended that there be some way to quickly dive to or reach children in an emergency. It is also recommended that someone in or near the pool knows CPR or knows to call 911 and get help in a hurry. By taking these steps, a pool owner can reduce liability concerns as well as reduce the odds that someone gets hurt in or near the pool throughout the year.

There are many ways in which a pool could be a dangerous property condition to be on. Leaving a gate unlocked or leaving the ladder to a pool in place could lead to a child falling in. There could be faulty wiring with underwater lights, leading to the possibility of electrocution. A guest who has been injured as a result may want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation in a premises liability lawsuit.

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