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Irresponsible pool ownership can lead to premises liability issue

Across the United States, drowning is a common risk for children under the age of 4. In fact, it's the second highest cause of death for that age group and is particularly an issue in southern states like Florida, where swimming pools are open year-round. Owners of backyard pools and spas should be aware of backyard safety practices and responsible supervision to avoid an injury or fatality. Those who do not take proper precautions can face serious consequences themselves under premises liability law.

Children under 5 years of age and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest drowning rates in the United States. Younger children most often drown in swimming pools while young adults typically drown in natural water like lakes and rivers. Close to 80 percent of those who die are male.

Adults should always closely supervise children near water. They should avoid alcohol while supervising children poolside and make sure they are able to swim and do CPR in case of an emergency. Adults may expect children to splash and make a fuss if they are struggling with the water, but many of those who drown cannot do this by the time they are drowning.

Backyard pools can be both fun and helpful to cool off during the warmer months in Florida. However, responsible ownership is critical to avoid injury or death. Those who have experienced a drowning injury or death and would like to understand their options for a premises liability lawsuit against the pool owner should contact a Florida lawyer familiar with these cases.

Source: cbs12.com, "Tips for drowning prevention", Lynda Figueredo, May 6, 2018

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