There are over a million residential swimming pools in Florida. And whether you have one in your backyard or are at the home of someone who does, safety should be a top priority. This means being aware of your surroundings, refraining from swimming while impaired, and ensuring children and others who cannot swim use proper flotation devices.
However, despite these precautions, accidents can still happen if the pool itself is unsafe. Below are some signs that a pool may be dangerous.
Signs of an unsafe pool
As this article discusses, there are many rules and regulations for residential pools in Florida. These rules address measures like proper signage, fencing, depth and temperatures.
While non-pool-owners are not expected to be familiar with all the legal expectations of having a pool, everyone should be aware of some signs that a pool is dangerous and not in compliance with state regulations.
- There is no fence around the pool, or the fence is damaged.
- There is inadequate lighting around the pool.
- The pool cover is missing or defective.
- There are trees or structures close enough to protective fences or walls that allow people to scale them.
- The surfaces around the pool are uneven, broken or otherwise dangerous.
- There are no warning or safety signs around the pool.
- The depth markers are missing or inaccurate.
- The pool is very dirty or discolored, suggesting an issue with the filter.
Being aware of these potential hazards could help people avoid a catastrophic accident. Unfortunately, though, it may not be possible to spot a dangerous pool until it is too late.
When someone gets hurt or drowns in a pool that has these or other unsafe elements, the owner of the pool can be liable for damages. People with residential pools must take their responsibility to keep a pool safe seriously. If they don’t, others can suffer devastating injuries.