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The Importance of Pool Safety Barriers

Studies show that drowning is the number one cause of death to children 5 years of age and under in and around the home. The majority of these deaths occur at backyard pools or at neighborhood swimming areas. Proper safety barriers can help prevent many pool injuries and accidents.

Injuries or deaths resulting from inadequate pool safety barriers may warrant legal action. For more information on personal injuries caused by improper pool safety, contact the Lake Geneva personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-242-2874.

Common Safety Barrier Requirements

Properly installed safety barriers can help prevent pool accidents. Common pool safety equipment requirements include:

  • Use of wood, metal, and other solid construction materials
  • Barriers, fences, and gates should be at least four feet high
  • Safety barriers should not include spaces or objects that children may use to climb over the barrier
  • Fence slats should be placed close enough to prevent access (typically four inches apart or less)
  • Fence gates should be designed to open from the pool and should be maintained at all times
  • Latches should be self-closing and lockable
  • All latches and handles should be placed out of reach of children
  • Latches, gates, posts, and slats should be properly weather-treated and maintained. Any worn or defective parts should be replaced immediately

Correct design and installation of safety barriers can help pool owners and managers maintain a safe environment for family, guests, and patrons.

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a swimming pool accident, you may be eligible to claim damages from the negligent party. Contact the Lake Geneva swimming pool injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options.