Pool-related injuries and deaths are tragic events. Drowning and non-fatal submersion injuries increase during the warmer summer months each year. Nearly every one of these tragedies is preventable. Accidents can be reduced by consistent pool owner awareness and enforcement of safety measures.
Pool owners, by Florida state law and premises liability, are responsible for the conditions on their property and must take special care to safeguard and secure their pools. Unauthorized access to backyard swimming pools is among the leading causes of drowning deaths and serious water-related injuries in children. Pools are classified as an “attractive nuisance” pertaining to young children, so property owners are legally obligated to take steps to prevent unauthorized access to pools.