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Is your pool an unsafe property condition?

With summer here, you are probably planning a number of pool parties and barbecues. As you make preparations, choosing the menu and activities, one of the things that you may want to pay attention to is the condition of your pool and make sure that it is safe. At McCoy & McCoy, we are only too aware of what can happen when pool owners fail to take their responsibilities seriously. However, there are things that you can do to prevent tragedy from happening.

One of the first things is to make sure that children in and around the pool are properly supervised. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that activities such as talking on the phone, reading a book or texting with someone should be avoided by those that are in charge of watching the children. This way, they can put their full attention on what is going on around them. Additionally, if young children are in the pool, the adult should be able to grab them if they sink. It is recommended that adults should within an arm’s length.

While properly watching the kids is important, keeping the pool secured is also vital. As such, you should have a fence installed that completely surrounds the area and is no lower than four feet. There should also be an alarm installed that will alert adults if someone has entered the pool area. The gate on the fence should shut with a self-latching and self-closing mechanism, and the latch should be placed high enough so that young children can’t reach it. For more information about dangers found on property, please visit our web page.

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