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Before the fun begins, pool owners should mind safety regulations

Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 26, 2014 in Premises Liability

Now that summer is officially here, many people are probably looking for ways to beat the heat. Having access to a swimming pool can be a great way to stay while having fun.

Even though owning a pool can keep friends and family entertained, it's also a major responsibility. Anyone who uses a private swimming pool relies on the owner to take safety precautions before opening it up. This, of course, means that relevant state regulations must be followed.

Connecticut building codes outline a variety of practical measures to prevent accidental drowning. All swimming pools that have more than 24 inches of standing water should include the following safety features:

  • Barriers: In-ground or above-ground pools must have a barrier measuring at least 48 inches from the ground. This is to prevent small children from accessing the pool. Any gaps in the barrier must also meet state standards.
  • Gates: Any access points to the pool should include a latch and a gate that opens away from the pool's water.
  • Ladders: All pools must have at least one ladder, or other means to exit the pool.

The list above is certainly not an exhaustive inventory of the safety measures required for privately-owned swimming pools. Rather, it's a look at some of the basic ways to protect against children entering the pool area unnoticed and suffering injuries.

Property owners are entirely responsible for complying with state pool safety regulations. Failure to abide by these rules could be considered negligence and contribute to injury or death. Rather than allowing the summer season to be marked with tragedy, property owners should step up to the plate and fulfill their duties.

Source: Town of Watertown, "Connecticut Building Codes," accessed June 25, 2014