Pool Safety in Pennsylvania | What You Need to Know

When you visit a pool, you will likely see a number of signs. For example “no running,” “no diving,” “no swimming without a lifeguard present.” These signs are here to protect you, as pools can be much more dangerous than you may realize. When pool accidents occur, they can have serious consequences. Read on to learn more about pool safety in Pennsylvania and what to do in the event of an accident.

Who is Responsible for Pool Safety in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, property owners are responsible for keeping the grounds safe. This is especially true when it comes to pools. Pool owners must be vigilant at all times. Swimmers must be careful as well. When it comes to keeping everyone safe, pool owners should take the following precautions:

  • Never leave a child unattended in the water or near it
  • If the pool is deep and guests cannot stand, ensure that they are able to swim properly
  • Stay away from drains and ensure pools have drain covers
  • Install proper barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around your pool
  • Stow away any portable ladders to the pool when it is not being used. Sometimes, small children who cannot swim are attracted to pools. If the ladder is removed safely, it can prevent the child from climbing into the pool and harming themselves.
  • It can be beneficial to know how to perform CPR in the event that someone is drowning
  • Swim sober
  • Do not allow electronic devices near the poor to avoid electrocution
  • Inform swimmers of shallow areas where they cannot dive

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

After an accident occurs, be sure to take pictures and videos at the scene. Additionally, you should seek medical attention right away. This will ensure that your injuries are treated, while also providing you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

If you wish to take legal action, you must do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. To avoid missing any important deadlines, reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

If you have been injured in a pool accident, contact our firm today.


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