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Is a swimming pool an attractive nuisance?

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2020 | Premises Liability

As summer approaches, it is best to consider the ways you can prepare your pool for guests, especially young children.

One safety concern could be that your swimming pool is what people consider an attractive nuisance. In that case, you have legal responsibilities for keeping others safe.

Protecting children

By definition, an attractive nuisance is an item or place that requires special protection due to its inherently dangerous nature. Children, in particular, become attracted to these places, since many do not fully comprehend the consequences their actions may have. For that reason, the property owner is legally required to make sure that anything tempting to children is safely fenced in.

Swimming pools, playgrounds, and other fun areas are likely candidates for this law. These draw in curious children interested in playing, which leaves them at risk for getting hurt if they stumble or trip. Drowning in deep water is also a concern for young kids who cannot swim.

Steps to take

It may seem confusing to know what to do to help protect young kids from these attractive nuisances. The main step you can take is to build an enclosed entrance or fence around the pool in preparation for any guests. This way, it is impossible for anyone to wander into the area without permission or supervision.

In addition, adding safety features such as a pool cover or stairs can be important. Many property owners are also encouraged to have knowledge of what to do in the case of a drowning emergency. Warning others of possible danger, even if you assume they are aware of it already, can help to save a life.