Having a pool on one's property can be essential on hot days and fun as well, but they can also be very dangerous for children. If left unattended, children may be in a situation in which they could easily drown or hurt themselves. Therefore, there are certain safety requirements that people need to have in place if they own a pool.
One such safety requirement is that the owner must have a fence or barrier around the pool. The barrier must be at least four feet high. It also must not have any gaps to prevent children from being able to get through it, under it or over it. Also, it should be far enough away from the edge of the pool so that if a child did get around the barrier, they would not immediately fall into the water.
If a person fails to have the proper barrier and a child gets into the pool, they may be liable for any injuries or death suffered by the child. Obviously, the injuries associated with a child falling into a pool can be very significant and may lead to drowning. In general, people are required to protect against dangerous property conditions on their property that can attract children to them.
Property owners who have pools must have a barrier around the pool sufficient enough to keep children from getting into a dangerous situation. If they do not they may be liable for injuries and deaths suffered by the child. Experienced attorneys understand these safety laws and may be able to help ensure justice is obtained.
Source: Florida State Legislature, "Florida Statute 515.29" accessed on November 24, 2015