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Protect your swimming pool from liability

| May 20, 2021 | Slip & Fall Accidents |

Slippery walkways in Ontario, caused by snow, ice and wet leaves, are known for the risks they pose. However, slip-and-fall accidents are not limited to the cold weather. When summertime comes around, fun around backyard swimming pools could quickly turn into a trip to the emergency room. 

Swimming pool owners must comply with the by-laws of the local government. Slip-and-fall injuries suffered by neighbourhood children or adults during backyard get-togethers could lead to civil lawsuits. 

Safety precautions

The first thing to do is ensure the pool has a fence and gate to prevent children from getting to the swimming pool without adult supervision. The fence should meet the applicable legal standards, and the gate should be kept locked. 

Owners must always keep a lookout for hidden risks like sharp edges, broken fittings and other dangers that could cause trip-and-fall incidents and injuries like cuts and bruises. 

The area around the pool is slippery when wet, and running children could easily slip and fall. Falling on the pavement could cause serious injuries, especially if the head strikes a hard surfaceSlipping could also cause a child to fall into the pool. 

Children should never be in the pool area without adult supervision. Furthermore, rescue equipment such as a safety ring or another flotation device and a rope should be easily accessible for emergencies. 

Legal options

If you have suffered injuries at another person’s backyard swimming pool, you may have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. The same would apply if your child suffered a slip-and-fall or other injury caused by a swimming pool owner’s negligence.

Anyone in Ontario who suffered injuries at another person’s backyard swimming pool might have grounds to file a premises liability suit against the property owner. The same will apply if their children suffer slip-and-fall or other injuries caused by a swimming pool owner’s negligence.