With the warm weather upon us, backyard pools are a hot commodity in the community. In addition to making you the most popular kid on the block, pools can pose some serious risks to you and your guests if you aren’t careful.
On average, 30 people drown in private pools every year in Canada**. As the pool owner, it falls on you to take reasonable steps to prevent injury or death. It is not uncommon for the injured party (or their parents) to take legal action against the homeowner in the event of a pool-related accident.
Here are a few tips to help make sure everyone has safe and fun summer in the water:
- Never leave a child unsupervised in or near water.
- Ensure guests know how to swim and are sober enough to do so.
- Always ensure that you and your guests are careful when traversing the slippery pool deck and impose a strict “no running” rule.
- Ensure you have a gate around the pool that’s at least 5 feet high with secure gate locks to prevent access to unsupervised children or trespassers.
- Follow your City or Municipality By Laws with regards to pool installation, ownership and maintenance.
Contact Crossroads Insurance today to make sure that you have sufficient liability coverage in place for owning a pool.
**Drowning Statistic source: www.LifeSavingSociety.com