Historically, August is the hottest month in Portland, Oregon. This means that lots of people are out looking for places to swim! But pool owners need to be careful. Pool owners can be held liable for any injuries that occur in or near the pool under Oregon premises liability law. The safety conditions around the pool need to ensure that the pool owner is protected from a swimming pool premises liability lawsuit.
Some common injuries that occur around or in pools are: drowning, slip and falls, diving board accidents, head/brain injuries, and electrocution.
There are many obvious safety procedures to follow when maintaining a pool, including overseeing chlorine levels, ensuring the filtration system works properly, etc., but in order to make sure that you have taken all reasonable measures to protect people there are also some less obvious steps to take. Keep in mind that you need to protect both invited and uninvited guests!
Here are some safety steps: (more…)